With their growing cacophony of charges against the Bush Administration for allegedly lying about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, the Democratic machine and its media allies are committing the very sin they're imputing to President Bush: undermining our national credibility.
Do you understand the gravity of the charge? Bush's opponents are contending that Bush, in order to snooker the public into supporting his neo-conservative, war-mongering appetite, deliberately -- not negligently -- distorted intelligence data to make Iraq's WMD program look much worse than it was. The whole pretense for the war, say the critics, was a fraud, and we were manipulated by a bunch of empire-building megalomaniacs in the executive branch.
They are seeking to discredit him as an honorable man and as the appropriate leader to continue navigating us through the War on Terror. Specifically, they've:
-- charged that Colin Powell, with Bush's blessing, intentionally relied on falsified British intelligence data in his presentation to the United Nations seeking its support for the war;
-- cited a leaked 2002 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report saying officials weren't sure of the exact location of Saddam's WMDs as proof that we had no reliable evidence of the existence of the WMDs. Yet DIA Director Lowell Jacoby insists there was no misrepresentation here. The existence and exact location of the WMDs are two different things;
-- said that Dick Cheney, in four separate meetings browbeat the CIA into altering its WMD assessments to support the administration's "embellished" claims;
-- trotted out their Watergate hero, John Dean, to examine whether "lying about the reason for a war (is) an impeachable offense";
-- trotted out Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, at a recent Democratic presidential rally in Mount Pleasant, to say that in matters of war and peace, America "must be able to trust our federal government to tell us the truth";
-- begun to investigate all these allegations in congressional hearings. (I hope they plan on calling former President Clinton to testify, because he made the exact same arguments as the Bush administration);
-- And perhaps, most despicably, they've charged -- based on an innuendo-driven rumor manufactured by the anti-war British Broadcasting Corp. -- that our Special Operations Forces exaggerated the dangers they faced in rescuing Pfc. Jessica Lynch as part of a cynical public relations stunt. Liberal Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer and Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich separately suggested that the United States staged the event, and Kucinich demanded the release of the entire video.