So the Democrats distributed a perfectly timed, campaign-season indictment of the Bush adminstration’s action in Iraq on the heels of an anti-war candidate clinching the party’s nomination. And their cohorts in the media picked up with the “Bush lied” meme and ran with it, full force.
Bush ‘falsely led US to Iraq war’, says report
Report: Bush Misled U.S. On Iraq Intel
“President Bush and his top officials deliberately misrepresented secret intelligence to make the case to invade Iraq, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee.”
Senate report slams Bush over prewar intelligence
And many, many more…
Sounds mighty damning… if only any of it were true. Unfortunately for Democrats in Washington and in the media, the whole story is readily available to the average person. And the report that they all claim bashes the Bush administration for “lying”, “misleading”, “duping” and “misrepresenting” intelligence information for the purposes of launching an unnecessary war doesn’t come close to accusing the Bush administration of malfeasance… in fact, it bolsters the administration’s case.
On Iraq’s nuclear weapons program? The president’s statements “were generally substantiated by intelligence community estimates.”
On biological weapons, production capability and those infamous mobile laboratories? The president’s statements “were substantiated by intelligence information.”
On chemical weapons, then? “Substantiated by intelligence information.”
On weapons of mass destruction overall (a separate section of the intelligence committee report)? “Generally substantiated by intelligence information.”
Delivery vehicles such as ballistic missiles? “Generally substantiated by available intelligence.”
Unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to deliver WMDs? “Generally substantiated by intelligence information.”
[S]tatements regarding Iraq’s support for terrorist groups other than al-Qaeda “were substantiated by intelligence information.”
Statements that Iraq provided safe haven for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other terrorists with ties to al-Qaeda “were substantiated by the intelligence assessments,” and statements regarding Iraq’s contacts with al-Qaeda “were substantiated by intelligence information.”
Here’s the report, read it for yourself. (Of course, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that even the Clinton administration tied Saddam & Iraq to bin Laden and al-Qaida on multiple occasions in the 1990s and often even warned us of the threat Iraq posed)
Sure, lying and deceit has been a big part of the Iraq war… but it’s been on the part of disingenous and politically-motivated Democrats and their liberal friends in the media… It’s their specialty, so it’s not surprising they’re so good at it.