In recent years, the Democrats have violated many of the tacit conventions of civility that have enabled our political system to work for more than two centuries. Yesterday another barrier fell, and once again, we entered uncharted waters: former President Bill Clinton launched a vicious attack on President Bush on ABC’s “This Week” program.
This has never happened before. Until now, both parties have recognized a patriotism that, at some level, supersedes partisanship. Consistent with that belief, former Presidents of both parties have stayed out of politics and have avoided criticizing their successors. Until now. The Democrats appear bent on destroying every element of the fabric that has united us as Americans.
Breaking with tradition under which US presidents mute criticisms of their successors, Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq “virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction.”
This attack was false in every respect. The invasion of Iraq had the support of dozens of nations. The UN’s inspections could never be “completed,” but the UN itself had reported that large quantities of WMDs remained unaccounted for. On the other hand, Clinton’s suggestion that there was “no real urgency” about the situation in Iraq was probably sincere, as it typified Clinton’s approach to terrorism: he perceived no urgency after the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, or after al Qaeda’s attempt to simultaneously destroy a dozen American airplanes over the Pacific in 1995; or after the attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998; or after Saddam’s attempt to assassinate former President Bush; or after Saddam repeatedly tried to shoot down American aircraft; or after the Cole bombing in 2000; or after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and converted it into a training ground for anti-American mass murderers; or after any number of other provocations. So, naturally, Clinton saw no urgency with respect to dealing with Saddam’s regime. Of course, had Saddam facilitated a post-9/11 attack on the U.S. using chemical or biological weapons, you can imagine how harshly Clinton would have criticized Bush for his lack of foresight.
Clinton’s assertion that there was “no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction” is a flat-out lie. The Consensus Estimate of the American intelligence agencies has been made public, and we have quoted from it and linked to it on many occasions. America’s intelligence agencies said, with a “high degree of confidence,” that Saddam possessed both chemical and biological weapons. These were the same intelligence reports that Clinton received as President, so he is well aware of them. His statement was not a mistake, it was a lie.
There is so much wrong with the above I don’t know where to start, but it would be safe to say that, when Bill Clinton said that there was no real urgency to invade Iraq, he was absolutely correct. But you go to war with what you have and not with what you what you wish you had whcih is why close to 1900 Americans have died on Bush’s fools errand for lack of a plan, equipment, and a clue about how to get the hell out. I tend to think that the fact that Bin Laden waited to pull off his biggest attack on 9/11/2001 while George Bush was president and had just come off of a one month vacation after only seven months in office, speaks volumes. Not that there was any urgency in the month prior.
But let’s get to the part where the RocketBoy leaves the atmosphere of Planet Reality behind with a burst of flaming methane that puts the sun to shame:
Again and again, President Bush has tried to work with the Democrats as if they were loyal Americans first, and partisans second. He has treated Bill Clinton with a friendship and respect that, candidly, is disproportionate to Clinton’s meager accomplishments. Again and again, the Democrats have rebuffed Bush’s overtures and taken advantage of his patriotism and good faith. Clinton’s politically-motivated tissue of lies and distortions is just the latest example out of many. But it is unprecedented, coming from a former President. That is a sad thing: the latest wound inflicted on the body politic by the Democratic Party.
It’s like watching a star collapse into a black hole where no light, no facts, no logic can escape its gravitational pull.
Breathtaking, ain’t it?