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Saturday, July 10, 2004

Shorter George W. Bush

I was right, no matter how wrong I was. From CNN:

Bush said the United States was "right to go into Iraq. America is safer today because we did," he told a cheering crowd of supporters in Pennsylvania.

"We removed a declared enemy of America, who had the capability of producing weapons of mass destruction, and could have passed that capability to terrorists bent on acquiring them."
"My administration looked at the intelligence, and we saw a threat. Members of Congress looked at the intelligence, and they saw a threat.

The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence, and it saw a threat. The previous administration and Congress looked at the intelligence -- and made regime change in Iraq the policy of our country," the president said.

When Saddam Hussein refused to heed U.N. resolutions, the United States had no choice but to make good on its promise of action, Bush said.

"We had a choice to make: Either take the word of a madman, or take action to defend America. Faced with that choice, I will defend America every time."

"Because we acted, its dictator is now in a prison cell, and will receive the justice he denied so many for so long," Bush added.
All this after the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a report saying that basically all of the prewar "intelligence" was wrong. And most of what Bush says here is at best 51% correct, and at worst 99% meaningless. The Security Council approved sending inspectors back into Iraq; that's true. But based on what they were learning from those inspectors, they weren't about to approve the invasion, even though the Bushies used bribes, threats and espionage to try and get them to do so. In other words, they thought they saw a threat, but were willing to their eyes open. Bush saw a war, and wasn't going to let any facts get in his way.

And Colin? Time to quit your day job, you lying piece of Cheney:
Regarding Secretary of State Colin Powell's February 5, 2003, speech to the United Nations -- in which he presented the U.S. case for war -- the report said that "much of the information" included in the speech from the CIA "was overstated, misleading or incorrect."
Colin, I think, deserves his own very special corner of hell. Not only is he smart enough to have known better, he actually did know better, stating in 2001 that Saddam was not a threat to the U.S. or his neighbors and didn't have WMD's (see my post here or "Fahrenheit 911"). Time for Colin to be the nightclub act at Gitmo: