It seems that the posts where I reference the Senate Intelligence Committee;s discrediting of angry left hero Joe Wilson, a good number of that dishonest Democrat’s defenders rush to accuse me of distorting the record. They write long comments, some with a basis in fact, others filled with invective, most tinged with bitterness and animosity. How dare I take issue with this courageous man who dares speak truth to power!
Perhaps, the main reason Bush-haters so love Wilson and are reluctant to accept the evidence discrediting him is that he has provided (what he claims) is a specific example of the president saying something which he knew at the time to be false as he made the case for the war in Iraq.
While Wilson offered evidence (later discredited), most of the president’s critics merely repeat the mantra, “Bush Lied” as if it were an established fact (or if by repeating 27 times every day they could make it a fact). They fail to provide specific instances where the president (before the war) made a claim about Iraq’s WMDs which he knew (at the time) be false.
For the most part, their claims are like those of John Kerry in his speech to the “Take Back America 2006” conference last week (where he looked presidential but sounded pathetic). “We were misled,” claimed the junior Senator from Massachusetts. “We were given evidence that was not true. It was wrong and I was wrong to vote for that Iraqi war resolution.”
Instead of offering specifics to show exactly how he was “misled” (note his use of the passive), Kerry moves on in his speech to offer more angry bromides.* But, as the Vice President put it, Kerry “wasn’t misled. He saw the same intelligence all the rest of us saw. He knew what an evil actor Saddam Hussein was.” Cheney’s remarks merely confirm what those familiar with the findings of the bipartisan Robb-Silberman Commission already know, that the intelligence the president saw (before the war) was not “markedly different” from that provided to Congress.
Even if we “put aside the questions of weapons of mass destruction,” as Victor Davis Hanson has done, we wonder how the Administration misled us:
. . . was the senator suggesting that Iraq did not violate the 1991 armistice accords?
Or that Saddam Hussein did not really gas and murder his own people?
Perhaps he was “misled” into thinking Iraqi agents did not really plan to murder former President George Bush?
Or postfacto have we learned that Saddam did not really shield terrorists?
No wonder Kerry failed to offer any specifics to back up his claim. Because if he did, he’d have to address the numerous reasons (in this speech, for example) the president offered for liberating Iraq.