Sunday, August 24, 2008

WMDs Found! (i.e., Weapons of Media Distortions)

The above cartoon by liberal 'toonist, Clay Bennett, can be viewed glass half-empty/glass half-full. The assumption on his part, of course, is that George Bush's presidency has been 8 years of failed policies and disaster for our country.

Iraq should be a political winner for Republicans. Not a losing talking point.

The popular, mainstream mantra hawked around media circles to the public, still seems to be that "Bush lied, people died". It's really past time to put that lie to rest. It affects this election cycle, as Democrats still want to tie John "McSame" to a "Bush 3rd term", with the perceived notion that President Bush was wrong, not just on the economy, but on the war decision to invade Iraq, no matter the current end result of victory, thanks to the stimulus package of a 20,000 troop surge. It doesn't matter to anti-Bush Democrats that al-Qaeda (along with the anti-war movement) has lost in Iraq and that the so-called "civil war" fomented by al-Qaeda in Iraq fizzled into the civil war that never was. No matter what the victory may have achieved the world in the long term, the price in blood and treasure wasn't worth it...because it all happened under Bush's watch.

The justification for war was more than about wmd finds; and began long before Bush's watch. Read Douglas Feith's War and Decision. Read Scott Malensek's series of posts covering the Iraqi Perspectives Project and Select Senate Committee on pre-war intell reports. Visit Mark Eichenlaub's Regime of Terror.

More currently, read Randall Hoven's American Thinker piece. Then spread the news around. Why? Because truth matters before the November Election.

So who lied and misled the public? It wasn't VP Dick Cheney. It wasn't President Bush. He only made a few mistakes and some bad decisions. But removing Saddam was the right thing to do; it was selfish self-interest- not moral high ground- which had France, Germany, and Russia stand opposed to the invasion.

Democrats think removing Saddam and his murderous sons from power was the wrong thing to do (since it all happened under Bush's leadership, and not Clinton's). And yet they (rightfully) gave the president their approval, authorizing the use of force, when public opinion polls were on the side of the President. Randall Hoven:
the "legal case" was solid and Iraq was given chance after chance after chance.

  • The authorization noted at least 10 UN resolutions, spread out over a decade, to justify the use of US military force.
  • The Authorization noted that "the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in ... Public Law 107-40." [Emphasis added.]
  • The Authorization noted Public Law 105-235 (passed under President Clinton) that urged the President "to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations."

Senator Obama was against the Iraq invasion when he wasn't in a position to make the informed decision. Now, he still stands against it, because, politically, the war remains unpopular and based upon lies in the minds of many American voters. The actual justifications put forth by the Administration have been largely distorted and misrepresented by anti-war activists and a complicit media that leans left of center and anti-Bush.

Senator Obama and his Party think being against the invasion of Iraq is a political winner. What needs to happen, is to prove to the American public that the decision to forcefully remove Saddam was the right decision; and one based solidly on what we knew then (12 year history of defiance and violence; understanding that mistakes- i.e., flawed intelligence- are not the same as lies) and what we know today.

The initial 3 week invasion was a success. The succeeding 5 years were a challenge. Proving America not to be a paper tiger and surging on to victory the past year should be a feather in the cap. America has nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of; and the political party that stood firm and responsible to the decision despite the fickle nature of public opinion polls, deserves accolades.

Bush was right. So, too, were Democrats before they were stricken with political amnesia.

Given that...and given the foreign policy challenges of Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, Pakistan, etc., I'll take more of the McSame. I mean...who do you suppose America's enemies dread more? An Obama presidency, or a McCain presidency?

Democratic delegates wave placards against presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 26, 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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Blogger The Griper said...

what the people don't understand is, that it is what is written in that Congressional resolution that authorized the invasion not what Bush used as reasoning at the UN.

Congress states the reasoning for war not the President. The Dems got the people to focus on what was said at the UN instead of what they approved of in their vote. and the pro-victors allowed the Dems to identify the reasons instead of declaring them wrong.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

There was a group of Dems led by Biden and Kennedy who refused to go along with the war resolution unless the WMD issue was put at the top. It was the weakest of the arguements, but to get the support, Bush went along not knowing the damage wrougt.

OT -
My thoughts on Hillary's convention speech are available now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:17:00 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

And, of course, there are still those Loons who believe the GW "STOLE" the election. Some STILL cannot "get over" that false point.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008 5:34:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Remember Word, America's enemies are actually endorsing Barack Obama. They don't fear him they embrace him because they understand an Obama Presidency equals a weak USA!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

With the current generation of lefists there can be every bit of truth and reason for going to war and it will not matter to them. The leftist press doesn't care one wit about Iraq, the troops, or Afghanistan. They are only talking points to them and ways to bash the admin when things were going badly as they were before the surge.

After the success of the surge the leftist press moved their focus away from those overwhelming victories and onto the economy.

Let's see, less than 2 percent of all mortgages are going to foreclosure right now and it may climb as high as four percent. That means as many as 96 percent of all mortageses are on sound footing. Is this what is considered a crisis requiring governmental intervention with taxpayer money?

Then there is the energy problem that has been a stone wall with the democrats. They have stood in the way of sensible energy policy since Bush became president with the help of moderate or Mainstreet Reublicans like John McCain. Go figure, he's now the standard bearer for the Republican party.

If buttercups buzz'd after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

Thursday, August 28, 2008 2:19:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I can not possibly improve on the above comments. I agree with all of them and with your excellent post too, Wordsmith. We've been trying to get the truth out ever since 9/11 but without media help - in fact with media complicity in the lies - it's being proven to be impossible. The majority of the MSM has much to answer for!

Thursday, August 28, 2008 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger cube said...

I agree. Our Pravda-esque press is not helping the USA with its liberal bias.

BTW I did read Hoven's piece and I agree wholeheartedly with its premise. History will absolve President Bush's record.

Thursday, August 28, 2008 1:05:00 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Hamas, Farrakhan and Ayers want Obama. Enough said.
I'm glad I'm not voting with THEM.

You're so right; Bush's been so maligned that NOTHING he could do or say is palatable to most of America by now. Courtesy of the media.

Should be VERY interesting to hear his Monday night's he going to separate himself enough YET associate himself enough to make sure McCain is NOT viewed as Bush III? I can't wait. I hope Gustav does.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Edwin Drood said...

the left has proven that is constituents cant grasp a message that doesn't fit on a bumper sticker.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:46:00 AM  

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