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Democrats Are Party of Defeat By: Phil Brennan
Newsmax.com | Tuesday, June 10, 2008


In their book “Party of Defeat” authors David Horowitz and Ben Johnson expose the blatant lies about the origin of the Iraq war being peddled by the Democratic Party and their far leftist allies.

[Editor’s Note: To get David Horowitz and Ben Johnson’s book, Go here now. ]

The authors explain in great detail the real reason why George Bush went to war, and it was not merely because he believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Bush, they show, went to war to enforce a U.N. ultimatum.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax, Horowitz explains how the Democrats have created this false scenario and used it to promulgate a monstrous lie.

Newsmax: former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has repeated the Democratic charges that in effect Bush lied us into war. Do you have any comment on that claim?

Horowitz: As I say in our book the biggest lie of the war is that Bush lied, or even that he manipulated the intelligence. The fact is that every Democratic senator who voted to authorize that war had on his or her desk the National Intelligence Estimate — a 100-page summary of all of our intelligence on Iraq. We live in a democracy which means that the opposition gets to see all of our secrets.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is an oversight committee; it has authority over the intelligence agencies. The head of the CIA is appointed by the president and has to be vetted by the intelligence committee and he reports to them. If there was any intelligence information on the war in Iraq that was submitted by Bush that they had a question about all they had to do was subpoena the heads of the intelligence agencies and they would have had the information on their desks within 24 hours.

So it's a colossal lie that the Democrats have told and that the Bush administration let them get away with, that the Democrats could be deceived about the reasons we went to war.

It’s even worse that Scott McClellan, who was a spokesman for the White House, is operating within this false universe that the Democrats and the left wing media, beginning with The New York Times, have created over the war. It's massive confusion — I think that even conservatives are confused about these issues — and that's in part because of the vacuum that the Bush administration allowed to develop on our side.

I think that the book that Ben Johnson and I [wrote] is really the first straight-out, point-by-point case that refutes the entire left-wing case against the war and exposes the [New York Times columnist] Frank Riches and the [Newsweek journalist] Michael Isikoffs and all the people who’ve written about the war for the phonies they are.

As we point out in the book, the arguments that, for example Michael Isikoff and David Corn [Washington editor of The Nation magazine] and a whole library of books have made, Frank Rich in particular, about the selling of the war, are not about the rationale for the war, why we went to war, but about political statements that were made along the way that have nothing to do with why we actually went to war, but a lot to do with trying to deal with the political debate that was created when dishonest people for political reasons, or people who for political reasons are dishonest, argue for and against the policy.

The rationale for the war against Hitler was that the Axis powers were bent on world domination, that we were going to have to fight them sooner or later, and better to fight them sooner than later.

The selling of the war was the attack on Pearl Harbor — that's actually what convinced the American people that we needed to go to war. That was just one episode on the way to war.

Newsmax: You have warned that if the Democrats win the election in November, it will be a disaster for the United States. What do you think would be the consequences of a Democratic president and a huge Democratic majority in the House and Senate?

Horowitz: There are many ways in which we can go, one of course is taxes, but I'll deal with foreign policy issues. If any Democrat is elected regardless of what he actually intends to do, all of our enemies are going to celebrate and all of them are going to be thinking of ways to test us because, as we have shown in our book, for the last five years the Democrats have advocated and pursued a policy of appeasement, retreat, and defeat.

Mainly they have advocated surrendering in Iraq, immediate withdrawal, and appeasing our enemies. The idea of talking to Ahmadinejad without conditions is only one example.

Newsmax: What is the outlook on the domestic scene if a Democrat is elected?

Horowitz: I was listening to Dick Morris the other day and if half of what he says is correct, it's an absolute nightmare. They will raise taxes on everything; they will kill whatever economic recovery that is by then, assuming there is one. These are people who are operating out of Karl Marx instead of some modern economic manual.

They know how to divide and conquer; they don't know how to build and create.

Newsmax: Do you see a Marxist rationale behind this whole global warming thing?

Horowitz: I wrote an article for National Review more than 10 years ago entitled ‘From Red to Green.’ The leftist revolutionaries, of which of course, I was one at one point, ran into a problem when the working class refused to behave in a revolutionary fashion. When you have rocks and trees they can't reject the revolutionary party the way the hardhats did during the Vietnam War when they beat up the left-wing demonstrators.

Rocks and trees can’t object when people speak in their name which is what the left is doing in this environmental alarmist movement.

What the leftists want is an apocalyptic scenario — the world is coming to an end — and a statist alternative. Surrender your freedoms to the state so that they can save the planet. And that's what Al Gore is preaching. It's part of the Marxist movement.


Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He can be reached at pvb@pvbr.com


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