Liar, liar! Pants on fire!
Again, the Howard government is caught with its pants down – lying again over its denials of previous knowledge of the AWB scandal. And denying it.
On ABC TV's Lateline programme last night, Opposition Foreign Affairs spokesperson Kevin Rudd outright called the PM a liar, as he believed that intelligence briefings released in summary to the Cole Inquiry overwhelmingly demonstrated that the government must have be informed of the connection between Jordanian trucking company Alia and Sadam Hussein's UN sanctions busting activities – and thus Aussie sanctions buster AWB. The story is online here.
Howard has rejected claims he and his government ministers have lied. But then, they've denied lying to the Australian people over the children overboard matter, the real reason for waging war on Iraq (WMDs? Bull.) and numerous other occasions. (Don't you sometimes get the impression they're just getting through by the seat of their pants?)
I didn't believe them then, and I don't believe them now.
So, the 'Liar, liar, pants on fire' award goes to John Howard and Alexander Downer. Again.