Mona Charen

Leftists have spun a remarkably cynical and dishonest myth about the Iraq War. The fable has it that Bush "lied" about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and took the nation to war on "false pretenses."

There are many legitimate criticisms that can be leveled at Bush's conduct of the war, but the "false pretenses" canard is ludicrous. If Bush lied, then he must have been quite the Svengali, because he got many leading Democrats in America to tell the same lie. Sens. John Kerry, Tom Daschle, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Lieberman and others signed a letter to President Bill Clinton in 1998 urging him to act, militarily if necessary, to "respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

Boxer, whose stomach is so sensitive, might want to avoid her own history of "lies" about Iraq's WMDs. In 2002 she said, "Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement."

The late Ted Kennedy was equally blunt: "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed." The list of Democrats who said identical things includes Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and many more. Fifty-eight percent of Democratic senators voted in favor of the resolution to use force against Hussein in 2002.

Sure Bush made mistakes, but he corrected them in time to salvage the sacrifices of more than 4,000 Americans. When he handed off Iraq to Obama in 2009, it was a success.

Too hard won? Not worth it? That's a debate Republicans are still having. But Democrats aren't engaged in debate. They're engaged in a deceitful effort to distort history.

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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