Now that former CIA Director George Tenet has begun his pile-on of the beleaguered Bush administration on the very issue (WMD) he helped the administration formulate, be prepared for a new round of "Bush lied, people died" propaganda. Since Democrats are forcing us to deal with this issue, yet again, couldn't we just once put them on the ropes?
The entire WMD issue has been a Democratic diversion from the get-go. It has allowed Democrats immeasurable cover for their irresponsible absence of policy on Iraq and has provided endless fodder for their libelous claims against the administration.
The Democrats' behavior over the last six years reminds me of that of O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team." Since the blood evidence against O.J. was overwhelming and the defense had no case, it had to create sinister diversions to discredit the evidence gatherers and paint police investigators as racists. Happily for the defense, certain anomalies fell into its lap that it could exploit to confuse and incite a racially charged jury.
Similarly, until recently, Democrats have had no policy since 9/11 began, other than to try to poke holes in the administration's policies and actions -- and to inflame the passions of the electoral "jury" against the Bush Administration and the Iraq War. Unfortunately, anomalies have fallen into their laps as well: little things that appeared wrong that they could blow up and distort to discredit the administration and the war effort. Consider:
-- Dems say Bush lied about, hyped, distorted and manufactured the WMD intelligence to trick them into supporting the war. Never mind that they are on record independently making similar claims even before Bush's alleged misstatements.
-- Never mind that Democrats wouldn't conceivably have relied on the Bush administration for something this important, since, from the beginning, they have proudly distrusted everything it has said.
-- Never mind that Democrats received intelligence briefings compiled not by the Bush White House, but our intelligence agencies, which were less alarmist about Iraqi WMD than the presidential daily briefings provided to the White House. Yet these Democrats still voted for the Iraq War resolution.
-- But into their laps fell the report that the CIA began to have some doubts about the 16-word State of the Union speech statement that the British had learned that Saddam had tried to acquire yellow cake uranium from Africa. The CIA had even caused that statement to be removed from a presidential speech in Cincinnati three months earlier. (If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit).