Rockefeller's highly partisan report does not substantiate its most explosive claims. Rockefeller, for instance, charges that "top administration officials made repeated statements that falsely linked Iraq and Al Qaeda as a single threat and insinuated that Iraq played a role in 9/11." Yet what did his report actually find? That Iraq-Al Qaeda links were "substantiated by intelligence information." The same goes for claims about Hussein's possession of biological and chemical weapons, as well as his alleged operation of a nuclear weapons program.
Facts are inconvenient things. But there's no denying that many Democrats have chosen the most dishonorable way to explain away their once full-throated support for a war that has grown unpopular. Kudos to Kirchick for trying to set the record straight.