Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Peter Wehner in Opinion Journal:
Iraqis can participate in three historic elections, pass the most liberal constitution in the Arab world, and form a unity government despite terrorist attacks and provocations. Yet for some critics of the president, these are minor matters. Like swallows to Capistrano, they keep returning to the same allegations--the president misled the country in order to justify the Iraq war; his administration pressured intelligence agencies to bias their judgments; Saddam Hussein turned out to be no threat since he didn't possess weapons of mass destruction; and helping democracy take root in the Middle East was a postwar rationalization. The problem with these charges is that they are false and can be shown to be so--and yet people continue to believe, and spread, them. Let me examine each in turn:

Go ahead and read the rest. Of course, the people who are invulnerable to the truth won't bother to read it; and you can bet will repeat the left's talking points in the comment thread as though Wehner had never taken the trouble to (once again) point out the lies inherent in their mythology.

Like any mythology, the left's narrative about Iraq is immune to reality, or even the slightest common sense. Their mantras ("Bush Lied" "No WMD" "No Blood For Oil") are best repeated in quasi-religious trance-like state that precludes the need for any rational thought process (see the post immediately preceeding this one; see also here); and any facts or deviations from the legends summon the lefty trolls like an afternoon call to prayer. This is what they believe. This is all they believe; as it was in the beginning, world without end. Amen.

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