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Monday, March 10. 2008
From Herbert Meyer, The Four Transformations and their Implications for America.
He is referring to the war in Iraq, the emergence of China, shifting demographics in the West, and the restructuring of American business.
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The war is going better but the MSM still tells,
The Left’s Iraq war lie
It is now a given that when one reads an article in the MSM on the Iraq war, even given it's recent success, that the fait accompli is that it was a bogus war from the beginning.
Let’s review the now never argued lie with some observations and quotes.
The main “lie” that George W. Bush is accused of telling us is that Saddam Hussein possessed an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, or WMDs, followed by the subsidiary “lie” that Iraq under Saddam’s regime posed a two-edged mortal threat. On the one hand, we were informed, there was a distinct or “imminent” possibility that Saddam himself would use these weapons against us and/or our allies. There was the still more dangerous possibility that he would supply them to terrorists.
The "lie" defeated Re: Iraq possession of WMD’s was the raison d’être of the war.
• George Tenet, his own CIA director, assured him that the case was “a slam dunk.” Tenet had the backing of all fifteen agencies involved in gathering intelligence for the United States. In the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of 2002, where their collective views were summarized, one of the conclusions offered with “high confidence” was that Iraq “is continuing, and in some areas expanding its chemical, biological, nuclear, and missile programs contrary to UN resolutions.”
• The intelligence agencies of Britain, Germany, Russia, China, Israel, and—yes—France all agreed with this judgment.
• The NIE of 2002 reached with “high confidence” was that Iraq could make a nuclear weapon in months to a year once it acquires sufficient weapons-grade fissile material.
• The consensus on which Bush relied was not born in his own administration. In fact, it was first fully formed in the Clinton administration.
• Here is Clinton himself, speaking in 1998: "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons-of-mass-destruction program."
• Secretary of State Madeline Albright, also speaking in 1998: "Iraq is a long way from [the USA], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
• Sandy Berger, Clinton’s National Security Adviser, made this flat-out assertion about Saddam: "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983"
• Clinton’s Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, stated he was “absolutely convinced” that WMD’s existed even after our failure to find them in the wake of the invasion in March 2003.
• Nancy Pelosi, then a member of the House Intelligence Committee: "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons-of-mass-destruction technology, which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
• In a letter to the newly elected President, George Bush, a number of Senators led by Bob Graham declared: "There is no doubt that . . . Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical, and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf war status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of an licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."
• Senator Carl Levin also reaffirmed for Bush’s benefit what he had told Clinton some years earlier: "Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations, and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
• Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in October 2002: "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical- and biological-weapons stock, his missile-delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaeda members."
• Senator Jay Rockefeller, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee: "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. . . . We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction"
• Al Gore in September 2002: "We know that [Saddam] has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." "Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter, and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
• John Kerry, in 2002: "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force—if necessary—to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
Most ghastly of all, given the rhetoric that they would later employ against Bush after the invasion of Iraq, are statements made by Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd, also in 2002:
• Kennedy: "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
• Byrd: "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical- and biological-warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons."
Going forward I have no idea how much the war will be debated, at least it’s genesis. But do not allow yourself to be hoodwinked by the MSM or the Democratic Socialists that President Bush launched a war without cause, cooperation, or permission.
Iran is hopefully next on the menu.
Sourced from NYT, WaPo, Time, Washington Times, National Review, Norman Podhoretz , and others.
Nice synopsis Habu... I could have used this a few nights ago at another site. You really should flesh this out a bit more... i.e. UN resolutions, etc.
It's a damn shame that this is still being debated in some circles. I don't understand how some folks can never open their eyes. A mystery of human nature.
Buddy did something like this once as well, I saved it but I don't know where :)
What goes around comes around
One of my most hoped for and often repeated themes is that President Bush will conduct a robust air campaign against multiple Iranian sites prior to leaving office. I would expect this following the November election.
This is almost a given if the Democrats win the WH because neither putative nominee will do it. If McCain wins it could be delayed. However it needs to be done and what a nice transitional task to hand off to an incoming Democratic President. Similar to what Clinton set George Bush up with in Iraq.
''Similar to what Clinton set George Bush up with in Iraq''
Msr Levitt says "we", US, don't want to blast Iran's nuclear facilities though they are greatest threat in hands of Islam's 7th Century ideologues.
His "we" is different than mine and bomb, bomb, bomb Iran is the best and fastest way to help Islam's slaves round the world move into reality which exists outside Muhammad's nightmare.
Bombing aftermath, would provide real world indicators of which seem to elude Msr. Levitt's expertize, me thinks.
the problem is, 3 out of 4 Americans have no idea that we are already at war with Iran (or it's regime) on the basis of, Iran says so. If someone is making war on you, you're at war, whether you like it or not.
How right you are. We however have a rapidly developing problem, aside from an electorate that has for the past century chosen more often than not to disregard their right to vote, and that is the problem of developing irreconcilable factions.
In a nation now the population of ours, with a world as small as it is OUR representatives choose as often to represent another countries interests over those of their own constituents. Or their constituents are of an unassimilated portion of our population that demands their representatives speak for their mother country, even if it contra to good order in our country.
We have lost our national identity to a "we are the world" Coke commercial.
Well, take a look at the map -- the blue states are all coastal -- the coke commercial is as you'd expect moving in from the outside, just as all barbarian invasions everywhere always have. can you picture a new geographical configuration for the tradition national identity? I can -- it's called "Fortress Nebraska".
Cheyenne Mountain is no Alamo.