Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Unsurprised: Democrats have decided to attempt to elevate Joseph Wilson, liar, to sainthood by invoking a closed session on pre-war intelligence. According to news reports, the Senate hasn't met in closed session in 25 years and, as further evidence of the divisions on Capitol Hill, Senate minority leader Harry Reid didn't notify his GOP counterpart, Sen. Bill Frist, that this move was coming -- a courtesy that is rarely broken in the upper chamber.
This, of course, prompted CNN's Jack Cafferty -- a man whose ignorance is only surpassed by his arrogance -- to proclaim that Joseph Wilson had debunked "some of" the Bush administration's claims on pre-war intelligence. Cafferty should feel free to check out this Factcheck.org piece and reassess his statement.
Frankly, I'm getting so sick and tired of the claims by the loony left -- and the not-so-loony left, that Bush somehow "manipulated" intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war. Democrats in Congress saw all of the same intelligence that Bush did. Bush's claims were the same ones made by President Clinton before him -- the only difference is that Bush did something about it.
Saddam Hussein had WMDs -- dead Kurds in Halabja are proof enough of that -- the question is what he did with them (my vote is that they're sitting in a storehouse in Syria). Saddam Hussein was also a terrorist supporter -- something that 9/11 proved that we cannot sit idly by and watch occur.
You can have an honest debate about the wisdom of going to war in Iraq. But to inject conspiracy theories about Bush cooking the intelligence (Why? To benefit Halliburton! To create an American empire! To steal Iraq's oil!) is dishonest and despicable.