FrontPage Magazine writer Tom Elia came across this maddening column, "The Incredible Lying BushCo." by Mark Morford, in last Friday's San Francisco Chronicle. Tom has thankfully added his editorial comments, which are interspersed in bold, to set them off from Morford's text. - The Editors.
. . . Let us recap: No WMDs. Biggest joke on the American public in the past 50 years. Saddam doesn't have 'em, and probably never did.
TE: Saddam never had weapons of mass destrcution? Oh really? David Kay certainly told a different story in his report. Hans Blix had no doubt Saddam had WMDs. No serious, reasonable human being claims Saddam "probably never" had WMDs.
Over 1,400 of BushCo's own investigators and specialists and scientists -- affectionately known as the Iraq Survey Group -- canvassing postwar Iraq for six months, not to mention the teams of original UN investigators, and finding not a trace of anything resembling huge stockpiles of massive scary weaponry.
TE: The fact that inspectors have only gone through 10 of the 130 total weapons dumps means nothing, of course. The Left believes weapons inspectors are quasi-omniscient beings, capable of seeking out Weapons of Mass Destructionin a heartbeat, regardless of their inadequate numbers, the breadth of the land they must inspect or the opposition they encouter at the hands of their host government.
Which is to say, no nukes. No biotoxins. No big cannons full of scary Korans and rusty bullets and old gum. Nothing at all resembling what Condi Rice and Cheney and Rummy and Wolfowitz, et al., said were absolutely positively no question going to be found any day now because after all that's why we went to war. Except that it wasn't. And they knew it....
"This is a man that we know has had connections with al-Qaeda. This is a man who, in my judgment, would like to use al-Qaeda as a forward army." -- President Bush, Oct. 14, 2002.
"Yes, there is a linkage between al Qaeda and Iraq." -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sept. 26, 2002.
"'There have been contacts between senior Iraqi officials and members of al-Qaeda going back for actually quite a long time." -- National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, Sept. 25, 2002.
Isn't that cute? Not a single one of those statements was true. And not a single one of those people is being accused of treason or malfeasance or of being a soulless anti-American warmongering drone, despite how their words were dripping with lies when they exited their mouths.
TE: Actually, there is ample evidence that top al-Qaeda lietenants met with top Saddam aides multiple times before 9/11. And the Left has consistently claimed all these Bush Administration figures are guilty of "malfeasance" and evil, although they usually train their sites on the Administration's publicly Jewish face: Wolfowitz and Perle.
Look. Bush told Americans we were going to enter into this savage and bloody war no one really wanted because Iraq posed an immediate and imminent threat to the security of the U.S. and its citizens.
TE: No one in the Bush Administration ever said Iraq posed an "imminent" threat. Instead, the Bush administration consistently said we needed to strike before Saddam's maniacal regime posed an imminent threat, hence "preempting" the need to face risk of a chemical or biological attack on the American mainland.
He gutted the economy for it. He destroyed long-standing relationships with countless international allies for it.
TE: Gutted the economy? Spending less than 2 percent of the U.S. GDP on the war on terrorism has gutted the economy? And he wrote this the same day the government announced that we had more than 7 percent growth, the greatest economic growth since 1984? Only in San Francisco....