Thursday, July 15, 2004

Apologies Can Be Sent To 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

The battle cry of the Democrats for the past year has been that President Bush is a liar. He lied about yellow-cake, he lied about WMD, he lied about Saddam being a threat. As Ted Kennedy so famously stated on the floor of the Senate:

Week after week after week after week, we were told lie after lie after lie after lie." – Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., on how the president deceived the American people into supporting an invasion of Iraq.

This has been repeated on a daily basis by any number of leading Democrats, including John Kerry who has worked the theme into his campaign speeches and tv commercials nearly as often as he has mentioned his own Vietnam service. Kerry is, in fact, one of the most egregious offenders, often tossing out the name Halliburton to keep the conspiracy that it was a war based on lies to benefit Vice President Cheney alive.

Well now both the Senate intelligence Committee Report and the Butler Report have been released, and as today's Washington Times editorial points out, both reports found that neither Tony Blair nor George Bush lied, nor did they intentionally mislead the public to go to war. In fact, the only person who has been proven to be a liar in the whole affair is Joe Wilson. Joe Wilson is the former ambassador that was sent to Nigeria to determine if Iraq had attempted to buy Uranium. He became the flag bearer for the Democrats, one of the earliest to suggest that President Bush had lied. His wife Valerie Plame, a covert CIA officer, became the center of a "leak" investigation, partially based on another claim by Wilson that she had had nothing to do with his selection to go to Niger. We now know that even that was untrue. The "16 words" that President Bush used in his State of the Union Address re: Iraq attempting to purchase yellowcake from Africa were well founded. The Butler Report states:

We conclude that, on the basis of the intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa in the government's dossier, and by extension the prime minister in the House of Commons, were well founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bush's state of the union address of 2003 that "the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" was well founded.

President Bush did not lie, he did not mislead the country, he did not coerce the intelligence community into producing damning material against Iraq. Yet for the past year the Democrats have made this accusation at every turn. Any Democrat with a shred of integrity would apologize to the President and to the country if they have engaged in this type of demogoguery. Will it happen? Will one Democrat step forward and apologize? Not likely. The Democrat's entire campaign has been based on accusations against the President. John Kerry and the Democrats have created a base from the "Bush Haters", many of whom are beyond rehabilitation. The Democrats themselves have, along with a more than willing media, sold themselves into the world of conspiracies (Kerry often mentions Halliburton, the Florida election and "Bush Lied" in his campaign speeches).

Now the truth has come out, and as the Wall Street Journal said in their editorial from today, "The American people can decide who the real liars are".