stop the war

We need to stop this war based on lies, and concocted for political gain. It’s harming our troops, distorting the truth, creating more terrorists, and making us less safe. Yes, we need to stop this war now… stop the left’s war of deception, their war to reclaim their positions of power and privilege regardless of the cost, the lies they have to use, or how they have to slander and hurt America.

There is no doubt that those on the left see their power ebbing away. Their worldview receding into the dustbin of history. As history shows, people who are desperate often resort to lies and slander in their time of weakness and defeat. They begin to see political opposition as truly sinister and diobolical, rather than just mistaken or even having honestly held beliefs. This distortion over time might even lead them to not be able to distinguish truth from fiction, to begin believing what they want to be true rather than what actually is.

Even though time after time when leftist policies are actually put into practice they clearly and undeniably demonstrate the utter failure of collectivist/progressive ideology, still some cannot help but cling to their dead religion. Hence the abundance of sleazy lies and baseless personal attacks against Republicans and Bush in particular.

When you don't have the truth on your side, of course, you must resort to lies. Nothing else is left to you with which to 'defend the faith'. Of course all those who are outside the faith are enemies worthy of slanderous attack and since Republicans don't believe as the left does they are all labeled liars because liberalism cannot be defended any other way.

An abortion-rights group is running an attack ad accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers “supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber” and of having an ideology that “leads him to excuse violence against other Americans” It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham, Alabama .

The ad is false.

...In words and images, the ad conveys the idea that Roberts took a legal position excusing bombing of abortion clinics, which is false. To the contrary, during the Reagan administration when he was Associate Counsel to the President, Roberts drafted a memo saying abortion-clinic bombers "should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." In the 1986 memo, Roberts called abortion bombers "criminals" and "misguided individuals," indicating that they would get no special treatment regarding requests for presidential pardons. Reagan in fact gave no pardons to abortion-clinic bombers. -factcheck

NARAL undoubtely believes they are doing the 'right thing' by lying, and justify it on the grounds that the danger is so great, the emergency so perilous that the ends justify the means. But it's not just NARAL that is willing to lie, it's a pattern well worn across the spectrum of progressive activists.

Bush lied, people died. This brilliant [sic.] liberal slogan typifies the willful obfuscation engaged in by the left in it's war on Bush. To many progressives it is far more important to defeat Bush than it is to defeat Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, the PLO, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Iran combined. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter after all.

That is why Republicans are today called Nazi's bent on creating a fascist police state. It is why Republicans are accused of attempting to starve children and seniors, of waging war against the poor; it's why every election won by Republicans is 'stolen', and why Bush lied to take us to war.

As a factual matter, did Bush lie to get us into war? Only if you change the definition of what a lie is. It used to be that a lie meant you said something you knew to be false. Now it just means that you are a Republican acting on intelligence you believe to be correct and which was correct only while a democrat was still in power. But of course the key element today to be called a liar by the left is that you are a Republican. No other proof is needed.

The left took the occasion of the 9/11 commission hearings, not to find out how to fix intelligence failures, but as an election year tactic to blame Bush for 9/11, to try and paint Bush as an evil monster who wanted 3,000 people to die. They tried to paint him as a coward fleeing washington on Airforce One. Tried to accuse him of treason by saying he allowed the Bin Laden family to 'escape' the US when all other planes were grounded. They tried to say Bush knew 9/11 was going to happen!

Now they say Bush lied to get us into war. So what was the lie? The lie was using Clinton administration intelligence.

The indictment disclosed a close relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam's regime, which included specialists on chemical weapons and all types of bombs, including truck bombs, a favorite weapon of terrorists.

The 1998 indictment said: "Al Qaeda also forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in the Sudan and with the government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States. In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq."

Shortly after the embassy bombings, Mr. Clinton ordered air strikes on al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and on the Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.

To justify the Sudanese plant as a target, Clinton aides said it was involved in the production of deadly VX nerve gas. Officials further determined that bin Laden owned a stake in the operation and that its manager had traveled to Baghdad to learn bomb-making techniques from Saddam's weapons scientists.

Mr. Cohen elaborated in March in testimony before the September 11 commission.

He testified that "bin Laden had been living [at the plant], that he had, in fact, money that he had put into this military industrial corporation, that the owner of the plant had traveled to Baghdad to meet with the father of the VX program."

He said that if the plant had been allowed to produce VX that was used to kill thousands of Americans, people would have asked him, " 'You had a manager that went to Baghdad; you had Osama bin Laden, who had funded, at least the corporation, and you had traces of [VX precursor] and you did what? And you did nothing?' Is that a responsible activity on the part of the secretary of defense?"
-washington times

Of course today we are learning more about grievious intelligence failures under Clinton. Operation Able Danger, which apparently wasn't important enough to even mention in the report reviewing why we didn't know more about Mohammed Atta and his terrorist plans before 9/11. It couldn't be that when there was an important (possibly the most important election in our lifetime?) coming up, that someone didn't want to change the subject from why Bush didn't prevent 9/11? Nah. No one could be that partisan and that deceitful, could they?

What I'd like to know now is what did Secretary of Defense William Cohen, National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, and Richard Clarke (in charge of counter-terrorism) know and when did they know it? Particularily in light of Richard Clark's extremely partisan testimony to the 9/11 commission and Sandy Berger's theft of top secret documents at the National Archives.

Was Sandy Berger, Richard Clarke (and who knows who else) briefed about Able Danger?

It's obvious which war the left is engaged in. It is purely a war to defeat Bush. Don't confuse them with any facts, don't point out that all their claims are exaggerations of tangential truths. Don't point out that there is a real enemy out there and that America didn't create them, that America is not the danger here, that the Bush Administration is not the enemy. Don't point it out because it won't matter to those enthralled to their ideology.

Then again, maybe those like Cindy Sheehan are the left's own worst enemy. Perhaps the best defense here is just to let them continue talking.

Posted by Eric Simonson at August 19, 2005 2:40 PM