Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A good article from Peter Daou: Ten Pro-War Fallacies.

Sometimes I think its quite amazing how many people have swallowed Bush's accusation that his critics are "rewriting history" when they claim Bush mislead the American public. On the other hand, sometimes I think its not amazing at all; the American political scene seems to be composed of a large number of fairly apathetic voters caught between hard-line partisans on both sides ready to believe whatever spin is fed to them.

I will confess that when the war with Iraq began, I was pretty certain that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. And in the late 1990s, the Clinton administration certainly thought Iraq had extensive weapons programs. Many Democrats had varied opinions on how far those programs got, including some who believed that Iraq posessed stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons.

Here is something that neither I, nor Bill Clinton, nor any other Democrat did: take pieces of intelligence that were discredited in the intelligence community and present them to the public, claiming they demonstrated the capacity of Saddam's weapons programs.

Obvious, one would think. Nevertheless, see here for an example the rhetoric one hears today from people who cannot seem to comprehend this.


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