DAVIS: We forget true meaning of ‘lie’

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There is objective evidence that he did not - that he had good reason to believe there were WMDs, because so did President Bill Clinton, his administration, and much of the intelligence community in this country and among our European allies.

Yet many Democrats repeated over and over that Mr. Bush was a “liar” and continue to do so to this day.They failed to make the same distinction as did Mr. Wilson:The difference between intentional vs. nonintentional deception.

Whenever I would point out that I did not believe George Bush was a liar based on the many others who believed there were WMDs (full disclosure - we were friends at Yale College and remain friends to this day, and I believe him to be sincere), my e-mails would fill up with the worst and vilest hate from people who called themselves liberals.

So, my fellow Democrats, before getting too righteous in denouncing Mr. Wilson, remember the ancient and wise saying from the Good Book (Galatians VI) and be humble: As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

• Lanny J. Davis, a Washington lawyer and former special counsel to President Clinton, served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. He is the author of “Scandal: How ‘Gotcha’ Politics is Destroying America.” This piece is also published at http://pundits.thehill.com.

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