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Enough Already, President Bush!

Why can’t Bush admit it?

The most important, most damning assertions that Bush had Colin Powell make to the world have been almost all discredited. These were crucial to convincing most liberals who supported the war that it was a just and necessary war.

The ultimate test of the truth of what Bush alleged. the invasion itself turned up no WMD stockpiles or terrorist camps, beside Ansar al Islam. We only just found chemical weapons at all, and they’re fairly old. The infrastructure for WMDs was not rebuilt, much less the nuclear infrastructure. So where was the threat?

Bush is speaking out of both sides of his mouth, and has been for quite some time. He will say there was no connection between Saddam and 9/11, that there was no involvement, but then turn around and say that Iraq is part of a war intended to go after those who perpetrated 9/11.

He says that they had contacts, that they had connections, but then he turns around and acknowledges that there was no evidence of collaboration or cooperation.

Cheney goes around using that damned argument from ignorance, claiming that just because we haven't found evidence of it, doesn't mean it's not there. Granted, but doesn't every month that fails to turn up that evidence make it less likely that the president's case was correct? When will Cheney admit that at some point his own wrongness is a possible explanation?

Do they not understand that at some point a stubborn resistance to admitting the truth over enough time is effectively an admission in itself?

Iraq was a potential threat when we invaded, but it was one that would require any number of other development over a number of years to deserve the kind of attention the Bush administration has given it. Without this shortsighted war, we could have gone much further with building up the peace process in Israel, defusing a central flashpoint for Middle East violence. We could be confronting the more dangerous of the Rogue regimes, and devoting more resources to homeland security and counterterrorism.

Instead, we have an an occupation we are obligated to win, and American soldiers dying to protect a people who resent our presence. Who knows what kinds of things we coulde have done to truly protect our country, rather than weaken our military by wasting it's resources on an unnecessary, badly justified war?

Posted by Stephen Daugherty at June 18, 2004 7:51 PM