This piece in the Chronicle is well worth a read, and I'm betting you'd do well to forward it to several of your colleagues.
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Keith Halderman - 9/8/2004
Lynch writes "To many, it seemed naïve to worry about something as abstract as the truth or falsity of our claims when we could concern ourselves with the things that really mattered -- such as protecting ourselves from terrorism and ensuring our access to oil. To paraphrase Nietzsche, the truth may be good, but why not sometimes take untruth if it gets you where you want to go?" In the case of Iraq untruth got us chaos, dead Americans, less oil, and a recruiting bonanza for the terrorists.
Oscar Chamberlain - 9/8/2004
A very good article indeed.
As someone pointed out to me long ago, people in tribal cultures are astonished that we would willingly suport and elect people who we know are liars.