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You Trusted Me. That's Your Fault.

The Bush administration would like us to believe that because some Americans believed the intelligence they were given by his administration, the imminenet threat of Saddams WMD and nuclear capabilities, that they are equally at fault for the war in Iraq and should not question the use of intelligence by this administration to justify the war in Iraq.

This is Bush/ Cheney logic in regards to Democratic policy makers and the War in Iraq.
We manipulated the information that was given to the House and Senate(See any G.W., Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney pre-war speech). We allowed the House and Senate a very short period of time to vote on the issue of attacking Iraq. We forced the issue during an election year in which everyone who questioned the war was looked upon as a terrorist sympathizer due to the 9/11 patriotic ferver that swept across America(See Dixie Chicks). We went after anyone who questioned the march to war(See V. Plame and Joe Wilson).
Because members of the House and Senate went along with them, they believed them, they are equally at fault?

With a Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll finding 57 percent of Americans agreeing that George W. Bush "deliberately misled people to make the case for war with Iraq,"

Are the Democrats and Republicans who joined the President in his call for war with Iraq based on his intelligence at fault along with the Bush administration for believing him and his administration? Are they off base in calling for an investigation into intelligence failures and manipulations because it's un-American?
We've heard both from the President.

" He said that anyone accusing his administration of having "manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people" was giving aid and comfort to the enemy. "These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will," Bush declared last week. "As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them."

Why is it that when we question his policies we "put our troops in harms way?"

Must Americans who support our troops desist from any criticism of the use of intelligence by the administration?

There were some Democrats who spoke up about the rush to war, but not all of them, so the Democrats are just as guilty.
That makes sense.........right?
According to the President it does.
Sen. Joe Biden, a Delaware Democrat , warned of rushing "pell-mell" into an endorsement of broad war powers for the president. The Los Angeles Times reported that Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, protested in September: "We're being asked to go to war, and vote on it in a matter of days. We need an intelligence estimate before we can seriously vote." And Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat, put it plainly: "This will be one of the most important decisions Congress makes in a number of years; I do not believe it should be made in the frenzy of an election year." But it was.

From E.J. Dionne Jr. Washington Post:
"Neither side wants to talk about the context in which Bush won a blank check from Congress to invade Iraq. He doesn't want us to remember that he injected the war debate into the 2002 midterm election campaign for partisan purposes, and he doesn't want to acknowledge that he used the post-Sept. 11 mood to do all he could to intimidate Democrats from raising questions more of them should have raised."
"Grand talk about liberating Iraq gave way to cheap partisan attacks. In New Mexico, Republican Steve Pearce ran an advertisement against Democrat John Arthur Smith declaring: "While Smith 'reflects' on the situation, the possibility of a mushroom cloud hovering over a U.S. city still remains." Note that Smith wasn't being attacked for opposing the war, only for reflecting on it. God forbid that any Democrat dare even think before going to war."
"Marc Racicot, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, said about the late Sen. Paul Wellstone's opposition to the war resolution: "He has set about to diminish the capacity of this nation to defend itself. That is a legitimate issue." Wellstone, who died in a plane crash a few days before the election, was not intimidated. But other Democrats were."
" Bush wants to say that the "more than a hundred Democrats in the House and Senate" who "voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power" thereby gave up their right to question his use of intelligence forever after. But he does not want to acknowledge that he forced the war vote to take place under circumstances that guaranteed the minimum amount of reflection and debate, and that opened anyone who dared question his policies to charges, right before an election, that they were soft on Hussein."

"By linking the war on terrorism to a partisan war against Democrats, Bush undercut his capacity to lead the nation in this fight. And by resorting to partisan attacks again last week, Bush only reminded us of the shameful circumstances in which the whole thing started."

Are those who question the use of intelligence wrong or are the ones who believed the Presidents use of intelligence and are now questioning it wrong?
Is there the possibility that those who used the intelligence to manipulate others into going to war could be wrong?

I'm confused.


Posted by Andre M. Hernandez at November 16, 2005 10:08 AM