Have you been hearing the Democrats beating their chest and calling the President a liar? I find it ironic that they are so very shocked and incensed by lies now, when we had eight years of lies from Pres. Clinton, but I’ll let that slide for the nonce.
Recently the Democrat National Committee released an ad that started off with “In his State of the Union address, George W. Bush told us of an imminent threat” and then it cut to a shot of the President saying, “Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” This, the Democrats tell us, is the big lie. They said that this information was proven false a year earlier, and that the Bush administration knew that this was the case. But there are a few problems with this claim from the Democrats. For one, the full text says, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” I bolded the part the Democrats conveniently left out. So, is this a lie by the President as the Democrats claim? No! This statement is accurate, and Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, is standing behind this information. While it is true that some of this information was based on forged documents, Mr. Blair has stated that they have more verified intelligence that backs this claim.
I assume most people don’t realize that the President’s major speeches are vetted by many people to make sure that they are as accurate as possible. And this State of the Union speech, because of its nature, was vetted and passed on by the CIA. That is why CIA Director George Tenet took responsibility for vetting the speech, saying, “The president had every reason to believe that the text presented to him was sound” and that it “should never have been included in the text.” It is interesting that Tenet, a Clinton appointee, is taking the blame for this, and the White House is standing behind him, even while many Democrats are calling for Tenet to be removed from office.
The Democrats would have you believe that this information completely invalidates our reasons for invading Iraq. After all, didn’t the President tell us that Iraq was pointing nuclear weapons at us? I’ve heard people claim they heard Mr. Bush say that very thing. But he didn’t. In his speech on Oct. 7, 2002, he said, “[Iraq] possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. It has given shelter and support to terrorism, and practices terror against its own people.” Let’s break that down a bit. He said they possess and produce chemical and biological weapons. This has been proven true since Iraq has used chemical and biological weapons agaist its own people and others. And Iraq was “seeking” nuclear weapons, he tells us. This is also true. Saddam has been seeking for some for quite a while. Recently Mahdi Shukur Obeidi, an Iraqi scientist, presented some clear evidence of this “seeking” by producing a gas centrifuge that was buried in his garden. He had been told to hide this piece of uranium-enriching equipment from UN and US eyes. What about the claims about terrorism? Saddam routinely paid the families of Palestinian suicide bombers for the acts of their murderous sons, and now that Salman Pak training facility is out of Saddam’s hands, it will no longer be a training camp for terrorists. With the closing of the prisons and torture chambers, Saddam cannot terrorize his own people anymore.
So we can see that President Bush’s reasons for going into Iraq have been validated, but this doesn’t matter to the Democrats. They have been screaming that since the US troops haven’t yet found any weapons of mass destruction, this invalidates our entire reason for invading Iraq. I can only assume they didn’t see the video of the children released from prison. The only crime committed by these children was not joining the youth version of the Baath party. Some of these had been imprisoned for over five years, but their freedom isn’t reason enough for Democrats to accept the war. Unless the US finds some weapons of mass destruction, they won’t accept any good results coming from Iraq. The Democrats must think that a little over three months is more than enough time to inspect a country the size of California for hidden equipment and weapons. But do you remember their rallying cry from before the war? That’s right, “Give the inspectors more time.” They were more than willing to give Hans Blix and his group of Keystone Cops over 11 years to inspect Iraq, but they haven’t been able to wait a few months for our troops to hunt for these things. Why the change in attitude?
I said I found it ironic that the Democrats are so very shocked and incensed by presidential lies, but it’s not really all that surprising. Since they aren’t in power, the Democrats will use any means possible to smear and besmirch the President and tear down his actions. What you see here is just Democrat politics in action.