Thomas Sowell

The irony of all this is that Bush has not been shown to have lied about anything. However, the British Broadcasting Corporation, which broke this story, has. The BBC claimed an intelligence source but the only man identified as a source did not work for intelligence and is now dead, having committed suicide.

The forged documents cited by the BBC were not the only source of the information that the Saddam Hussein regime has been seeking to buy uranium -- and the British government stands by its conclusion, based on other sources.

To put all this in context, the BBC has been trying to sabotage the war in Iraq from day one -- so much so that British military commanders stopped broadcasting BBC "news" programs to their troops during the war and switched to a different station.

The bottom line is whether we are better off or worse off for having removed the threat of Saddam Hussein? Does anyone doubt that our demonstration of resolve and power in Iraq is what has made other terrorist-supporting nations start to back off?

Unfortunately, that effect is being rapidly eroded by politicians who know that their only chance of winning the 2004 presidential election is by discrediting President Bush. But undermining American unity and resolve in the face of nuclear threats from North Korea is the height of irresponsibility.

In a world in which 9/11 was only a sample of the dangers we face from fanatics and egomaniacs, who would love nothing better than having access to some of North Korea's nuclear material, we can find ourselves facing some huge life-and-death decisions in a matter of months. Cheap politicking and media sensationalism are hardly the kind of preparation we need.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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