November 13, 2005

Historical Rewrite


From FoxNews: Bush Fires Back Against Iraq War Critics.

President Bush on Friday shot back at critics claiming his administration misconstrued or lied about pre-war intelligence showing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, saying "it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began."

"The stakes in the global War on Terror are too high and the national interest is too important for the politicians to throw out false charges," Bush said. "These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will."

Bush also reiterated the need to defeat extremists seeking to destroy America and other modern governments, saying the "murderous ideology of Islamic radicals" is the great threat of the 21st century.

On the day America is commemorating Veterans Day, Bush said just like heroes of yesterday fought bravely against the threats of communism and Nazism, today's heroes are fighting the War on Terror against groups led by "evil men" he likened to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, who "consumed whole nations in war or genocide."

InstaPundit has a good roundup of commentary. From Glenn Reynolds:

The White House needs to go on the offensive here in a big way -- and Bush needs to be very plain that this is all about Democratic politicans pandering to the antiwar base, that it's deeply dishonest, and that it hurts our troops abroad.

UPDATE I -- Nov. 14: I forgot to link to this must-read Commentary article by Norman Podhoretz: Who Is Lying About Iraq? (thanks to Howard Tayler -- Schlock Mercenary creator -- for the reminder).

Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq by telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed.

What makes this charge so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike. In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up, or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what.

Read the whole thing.

And Captain's Quaters has more (hat tip Earl).

UPDATE II -- Nov. 15: Last Friday, Investor's Business Daily republished a must-read list of quotes from Democratic leaders regarding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. The list is not available online, so I've been given permission to post an image file, viewable here: IBD: Ominous Warnings Redux.

Posted by Forkum at November 13, 2005 08:22 PM