As if the rampant lies and deceptions of the Bush¬†Administration were¬†not already of epic proportions, an anonymous source has told The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh that the terror-alert charts used¬†by the Department of Homeland Security were actually prepared for Iraq.¬†

As disclosed by The New York Times¬†yesterday, the military has used a color-coded¬†chart to display the growing chaos and civil war in Iraq.¬† The chart, titled “Index of Civil Conflict,” shows a color-coded bar with “peace” marked on the left and “chaos” on the right. An arrow puts the current situation inside the red area on the far right, much closer to chaos than peace.

Now, it appears that Karl Rove and company “borrowed” the “Iraq terror charts” to scare the bejesus out of Americans about false domestic¬†terror threats, particularly around election time.

However, many independent experts¬†contend that the Administration’s “dual use” of the charts was not particularly misleading.¬† As¬†historian Douglas Brinkley¬†asked, “can you think of a better example of chaos than New Orleans during Katrina?”

Other academics agreed, pointing out that the Chart’s refererence to the “dwindling influence of moderate religious and political figures” was equally applicable to Iraq and the United States, citing Bush, Cheney, and the Reverends Falwell and Robertson as just a few examples.

Another scholar emphasized that the Chart’s allusion to “expanding activity of militias”¬†could just as easily describe the “Minutemen” on our Southwest border, as the nuts running and gunning around Baghdad.

Even conservatives from think tanks such as The Heritage Foundation agreed, pointing out that the index’s reference to “the inability of officials to govern effectively” characterized both the al-Maliki and the Bush Administrations. “But at least¬†the Iraqi officials have an excuse,” added the Heritage scholar, “since Bush is f***ing things up even without being shot at.”

Finally, the overlapping use of the chart to describe¬†both Iraq and the United States does explain one puzzling question: apparently, Homeland Security’s¬†fixation with¬†duct tape¬†was attributable to¬†its widespread¬†popularity in Iraq for kidnappings.

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BLOGWORTHIES:

More on “The Chart” and the debacle in Iraqle from Glenn Greenwald.¬†

Review of Culture Warrior, O’Reilly’s latest, at BuzzFlash.

Norm Jenson with Olbermann’s Special Comment.

Dan Kurtzman on Kerry’s botched joke.

Progressive Daily Beacon on GOP pickpocket politics.

Skippy on the ads Democrats should be running.