Even if we accept as true Kerry's bald-faced lie that he only voted for the resolution because President Bush promised he would further exhaust all diplomatic avenues and attack as a last resort, Kerry's position is still strikingly incoherent and disingenuous. If President Bush lied about WMD, there is no way Kerry can justify his vote to give the president even conditional authority to attack Iraq -- because without WMD there was no real and imminent threat. Case closed.
The inescapable conclusion, then, is that John Kerry is the one who has misrepresented his positions and President Bush's concerning Iraq. Using the Left's most important issue: lying about war, John Kerry has disqualified himself.
As for President Bush, I can't repeat enough that the CIA was convinced we had WMD and shared that information with President Bush and all government officials, including Kerry. The CIA said, and investigations confirmed, that President Bush did not pressure it to exaggerate this intelligence.
Most other major nations, including France, Germany, and Russia, also believed Saddam had WMD. And, the 9-11 Commission and the Senate Intelligence Committee, based on hundreds of interviews, concluded, in effect, that Bush did not lie about the intelligence.
President Bush couldn't possibly have lied about WMD unless he miraculously knew something that neither the CIA nor all the other world's intelligence agencies knew: that Saddam didn't have WMD. Now how could he have known that? Did he hire his own private investigators to dispatch some Farsi-speaking, cowboy hat-wearing paragon of erudition to comb its entire landmass to confirm there were no WMD?
Frankly, it is nothing short of amazing that Democrats are still peddling this canard about Bush lying about Iraqi WMD. But they are. In the meantime we see that they really don't care about presidential lying about war, because it is they and John Kerry who are lying about it. If lying about war were truly their criterion, they would be voting for President Bush and against Kerry.
Their real issue is not lying; it is their unquenchable hatred for President Bush. And until Election Day and beyond they'll repeat their Goebbelsesque lie that