What other nation in history has obsessively investigated itself during time of war? When are we going to quit beating ourselves up and move down the road?
Just a few weeks ago, we were treated to Phase 2 of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report analyzing our failures of prewar intelligence for the millionth time. The Committee -- with a nominal majority of Republicans and a working majority of antiwar members -- reported that the administration had been wrong in alleging a relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
As Republican Chairman Pat Roberts made clear, the working majority cherry picked the evidence to conclude there was no relationship when the weight of the evidence indicated there was -- going back 10 years, no less. Condoleezza Rice confirmed that there were always dissenting opinions, but that the prevailing view among our intelligence agencies was that there was indeed a relationship.
The committee demonstrated its absurdity elsewhere, too, when it concluded, preposterously, that Saddam didn't consider the United States an enemy because he said so during his debriefing. The committee chose to believe that obvious lie from a lying, murderous tyrant over his consistently contradictory statements and behavior over the previous decade.
So we're paying federal dollars to be told we must ignore our lying eyes and ears: that we must conveniently forget Saddam's myriad verbal jihads against the United States because he later made the self-serving statement that he hadn't considered us an enemy? This is too much. You might also recall that we fought a war against this maniac in 1991. I suppose he didn't consider us the enemy then either, or when he shot at our planes in the no-fly zones.
The same kind of counterintuitive, nonsensical analysis has surfaced again this week through yet another leak from the treasonous New York Times, which selectively reported that an April 2006 National Intelligence Estimate concluded the Iraq war has exacerbated worldwide terrorism.
Of course, this little leak wasn't designed to feed into the Democrats' November election propaganda message, now was it? Surely you've heard the line many times before: President Bush diverted resources from capturing Osama bin Laden -- the only terrorist chieftain in the non-global war on terror -- to pursue his recklessly quixotic vendetta against Iraq. This unprovoked, preemptive strike on the non-threatening Saddam has caused Muslims the world over to hate us and swelled the ranks of terrorism.
When will these tone-deaf people get it through their heads that Islamic extremists have hated us since before the flood (figuratively, of course)? When will they comprehend that Osama attacked us before we attacked Iraq?