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.
No wonder so many Bush-haters refuse to accept the discrediting of Joe Wilson. He, at least, offered specifics, claiming that President Bush knew the famous sixteen words in his 2003 State of the Union address (later retracted) were false at the time he made them. And Wilson (claims he) knew all this because of the report he made when he returned from the African nation of Niger.
In that speech, President Bush had said, “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” In the summer of 2003, Wilson claimed that his trip to Niger convinced him otherwise — and the president knew as much.
Unfortunately, Wilson did not prepare a written account of his findings nor did he report direclty to the the president to tell him specifically what he learned in Niger. If the president had received any information from Wilson’s journey, it would have been from the CIA (to whom Wilson reported). And in the CIA’s view, Wilson’s report “bolstered suspicions that Iraq was indeed seeking uranium in Africa,” thus giving more credence to the sixteen words that Wilson claimed the president knew to be false.
When the Senate Intelligence Committee report came out, Senator Kerry recognized that Wilson was more of a liability than an asset and dismissed his one-time aide from his campaign.
There are good and solid reasons to oppose the war, but there is no evidence to suggest that the President misled us into war. For one shining moment (for the left, that is), Joe Wilson claimed he had evidence that President Bush had so deceived the American people.
With these charges, Wilson became a hero on the left. But, now that he’s been discredited, Democrats and others on the left repeat their mantras about the president’s deception and hope that the repetition will make it so. Because the evidence sure doesn’t back them up.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
* I realize that angry bromide made seem an oxymoron, given that some define bromide as an unoriginal idea intended to soothe or placate. To be sure, Kerry’s speech was filled with unoriginal ideas. But, could anger placate? Perhaps. Given that it has become increasingly commonplace to hear liberal politicians make such angry remarks to left-wing audiences, it seems that they do serve to placate those afflicted with Bush Derangement Syndrome.