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Friday, July 09, 2004

"Bush lied" campaign collapses

The Democrat's and anti-war movement's "Bush lied" campaign has collapsed.

First, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have been found here, here, here and here.

Second, links between Saddam and Al Qaeda proven here, here, here, here and here.

Third, it seems Saddam was trying to buy Uranium from Nigeria after all.

Inquiry will back intelligence that Iraq sought uranium

That is in addition to US reveals Iraq nuclear operation

The US has revealed that it removed more than 1.7 metric tons of radioactive material from Iraq in a secret operation last month.

Fourth, there was no pressure put on US intelligence over Iraq.

The unanimous report by the panel will say there is no evidence that intelligence officials were subjected to pressure to reach particular conclusions about Iraq.

Fifth, the Iraq war was about oil alright as we can plainly see from the UN oil-for-food scandal.

The evidence proving Bush was right is also coming from some unlikely sources.

Russia Warned U.S. About Iraq, Putin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that his intelligence service had warned the Bush administration before the U.S. invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein's government was planning attacks against U.S. targets both inside and outside the country.

Clinton defends successor's push for war

Clinton, who was interviewed Thursday, said he did not believe that Bush went to war in Iraq over oil or for imperialist reasons but out of a genuine belief that large quantities of weapons of mass destruction remained unaccounted for.

Noting that Bush had to be "reeling" in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Clinton said Bush's first priority was to keep al Qaeda and other terrorist networks from obtaining "chemical and biological weapons or small amounts of fissile material."

"That's why I supported the Iraq thing. There was a lot of stuff unaccounted for," Clinton said in reference to Iraq and the fact that U.N. weapons inspectors left the country in 1998.


Front Page goes further.

An article titled "The Big Lie Campaign", contains this:

In either case – and in both cases – what we are confronting in this spectacle is an unprecedented event in American political life. In the midst of a good war and a noble enterprise, a major American party [the Democrats] is engaged in an effort to stab its own country in the back for short term political gain, and is willing to do to so by the most underhanded and unscrupulous means.

Terrorists the world over must be laughing at how we are tearing ourselves apart while they make plans to speed up the process.


UPDATE: More on the Uranium - Niger - Saddam story and it was Joe Wilson who lied not Bush. Happy Anniversary to Joseph C. Wilson IV

And the The Senate Intelligence Committee Report by Dan Darling.

Also, this demolishes 2 of Richard Clarke's key claims with respect to Iraq: that there was no Iraqi involvement in terrorism post-1993, and that there is no evidence whatsoever of Iraqi support for al-Qaeda. Both of these claims, to put it quite simply, can now be shown to be factually untrue.

Here is a handy list of what the Democrats were saying about Iraq and WMDs before the election campaign.

UPDATE 2: The UK Lord Butler Report backs Blair and Bush on Iraq's attempts to buy Uranium from Niger.

499. 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 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 28 January 2003 that: The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa, was well-founded.


UPDATE

More Democrats who claim Iraq had WMDs

More Chemical weapons found?

Joseph Wilson lied

Here's more on what the Democrats said about Iraq's WMDs.

Here's a timeline of who said what when with some video links.

More media lies about Iraq debunked.

Hillary says Bush didn't lie.

Saddam's links to bin Laden

Washington Post vindicates Bush

Video of Democrats claiming Iraq had WMD and supported al Qaeda.

More videos of Dems caliming Iraq had WMD

Here's another long list of what the Democrats had to say on Saddam and Iraq.

Hillary Clinton admits Saddam had WMD and harboured al Qaeda in Senate speech.

Video: Pelosi admits Iraq had WMD.

Video: Kerry admits Iraq had WMD.

Video: All the top Democrats, including President Clinton admit Iraq had WMD.

Saddam, the atom bomb and al Qaeda

4 comments:

Athena said...

Thanks for assembling all that together, I've been meaning to do it, just haven't gotten to it!

Thank again!

ed thomas said...

Hi Marc- good summary. I've been tallying up much as you have, and am thinking along similar lines. The only question is why people are not, er, 'joining the dots' and making the case. Maybe the Republicans think it's better to let the Dems carry on saying 'Bush lied!' and Tony Blair thinks there's not much danger in letting Charles Kennedy go blue in the face. I don't know.

PTET said...

This post seems a little weird to me. I "supported" the war on the basis that we were told that Saddam had WMD's. Of course, he didn't and you ludicrous collection of partisan editorial links do nothing to prove otherwise.

Of *course* Saddam was a scumbag. I was campaigning against him in my student days while the US and UK were still playing at being friends with him, before his invasion of Kuwait.

Of *course* the Iraqi people are better off without Saddam... It's just staggering how much the Bush administration has alienated Arab and world opinion agains the US with his cowboy attitude to diplomacy.

The real horror here is that Bush decided to go after Iraq *before* there was even any suggestion that Iraq had WMDs or links to Bin Laden. He told his intelligence people to go and find a justification for going against Iraq when he should have been concentrating on finding Bin Laden.

Of *course* this is a complicated issue, and the truth of the issues involved is far from clear... But you are living in an fantasy land if you think that Bush's actions over the past three years have made America a safer, stronger, more secure place.

And even worse, this weblog attempts to paint anything anti-Bush as anti-American. Take a guess where that road will lead you.

PTET

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