On this count, one particularly grievous example of journalistic malpractice at the Times deserves special attention. In an article titled, ?Leaders Sought a Threat. Spies Get the Blame,? the normally responsible Patrick Tyler summarized Bush?s case for war using the word ?imminent? six times?exactly six times more than the president ever did.
Tyler even went so far as to claim that the Bush administration ?redrafted intelligence?:
?Political hands in both capitals redrafted the intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs - intelligence that had not appreciably changed in years - to make it appear that the threat was no longer merely evolving, but was imminent.?
But just as the Times piece tries to do, the left is attempting to rewrite history. The intelligence regarding Saddam may not have ?appreciably changed in years,? but then again, neither had the words chosen to describe the threat.
Saddam ?will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.? That quote comes not from Bush or Rumsfeld, but from Clinton?s National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, back in 1998.
How about this one: Saddam presents a ?particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation.? Again, not from a Bushie, but from a man wanting to unseat Bush, Sen. John Kerry, in 2003 no less.
If anything, former inspector David Kay?s recent comments that no WMDs will be found in Iraq vindicate Bush. Kay directly refutes any assertion that Bush manipulated intelligence or ever asked anyone to lie or doctor reports. What Kay also found, though the media didn?t bother to cover it, was clear evidence that Saddam had duped UN weapons inspectors on the eve of war.
If the peacenik left finds restraint so commendable and Bush?s pre-emption doctrine so offensive, here?s a good question: Where are the cheerleaders praising Clinton for showing ?restraint? after Khobar Towers, the East African Embassy bombings, and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole when he refused to respond to the gathering threat posed by radical Islam?
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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