But Democrats used this phony allegation to taint the American public's perception both about our objectively multilateral coalition and our objectively impressive military victory. They also conveniently concealed the objective fact that Bush tried hard to persuade the French, Germans, et al. to join us.
Concerning terrorist unrest since we achieved regime change in Iraq, Democrats have worked overtime to create the perception that the casualties we've sustained have been the handiwork of Iraqis disenchanted with Saddam's ouster.
These are not disaffected Iraqi commoners longing for the return of Saddam but militant holdovers from his fallen regime, and local and international terrorists with a vested interest in undermining America and preventing democracy from gaining a foothold in a Muslim nation in the Middle East.
Democratic perception-weaving has continued unabated through the primary season with the latest example being counterterrorism official Richard Clarke's new book designed to soil the Bush administration's credibility in the War on Terror. Clarke reportedly claims that President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld were just looking for an excuse to invade Iraq following September 11 with or without evidence tying Saddam to the attacks.
This fits nicely into the hysterical fantasy that neoconservative warmongers planned to use Iraq as their first experiment in empire building under the Bush era and that Bush was their compliant puppet. But it ignores the objective reality that Bush ordered that we first strike the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and that he didn't attack Iraq for another year and a half, and then only after Saddam was given multiple "last" chances to comply with U.N. resolutions.
The Democrats will also play the perception game with the economy. It won't matter if we are experiencing 10 percent annualized growth in October and the misery index is below the radar screen. They'll say that the rich are enjoying a disproportionate share of the wealth, or we're excessively "outsourcing" jobs.
Those who think that the "realities" are guaranteed to determine the presidential election results are underestimating the ingenuity of political spinmeisters. Republicans are certainly not virgins at the art of political spin, but they're mere neophytes compared to Democrats. Between now and November the Bush campaign team will be put to the test.