The New York Times is complaining that information from Iraq's nonexistent nuclear weapons program that was posted on the web by the Bush administration to disprove the NYT's assertion that Iraq's program didn't exist has helped Iran advance its own existing nuclear weapons program. It's Bush's fault. It is just me, or is something wrong with this train of reasoning?
There has always been somthing wrong with the MSM's train of reasoning. First the press persisted in encouraging the delusion that no WMD's or their antecedents were ever found in Iraq and that "Bush lied". Now they want you to believe that Saddam indeed had a detailed and documented program developing WMD's; but that the real problem is that Bush Administration's reckless publishing of the details of that program has facilitated Iran becoming a nuclear power.
Don't you love it?
I suspect that the first MSM meme--that Saddam had no WMD's--was a type of "concrete thinking" (see here); or possibly an unbelievable lack of imagination. Presumably, the skeptics expected to find nuclear missles conveniently lined up and pointed at the U.S. ; or warehouses of biological weapons with labels and detailed plans of how to distribute the stuff attached to each vial. Or maybe they even expected to find a written, signed confession by Saddam admitting that he had plans to develop and use whatever weapons he could find that would kill large numbers of people.
Or maybe, just maybe, no amount of evidence would ever convince some people that Saddam was a threat to the U.S. and the entire world and that he had WMD's.
The most recent permutation of the MSM's basic Iraq template is simply another manifestation of the Bush Derangement that has gripped the left. They are so far gone in the disease process that rational thought is no longer possible for them. Like zombies, they merely mumble the anti-Bush, anti-Republican mantras mindlessly as they stumble along believing deeply in their little zombie hearts that George W. Bush is far more evil and more of a threat than Saddam ever was. Of course, they are correct in a way they don't imagine, when you consider the virulent ideology that infects them.
A while back I presented an analogy between Saddam's WMD and my world-famous "Death By Chocolate Cake." And I reprint it (and the recipe) below.
Let's say that people in my neighborhood got together and voted (in the interests of neighborhood health) that I couldn't bake my "Death by Chocolate" cakes anymore (these cakes have been known to be lethally caloric). I reluctantly agree, and say I am complying with this order, but refuse to let anyone check by looking in my pantry.
Finally, tired of being manipulated by me, and concerned that I might go ahead and bake one of those destructively high calorie cake things, my neighbors force their way into the house and find THAT I HAVE NO CAKE SITTING ON THE COUNTER WAITING TO BE EATEN! How foolish they were to doubt my word! How stupid they were to imagine I might be up to my old chocolate baking tendencies!
On the other hand, they discover while carefully going through my pantry that there are 2 boxes of devil's food cake mix; chocolate bars, cake pans, pudding mix, flour and sugar, mixing bowls and a number of other questionable items. They even find a recipe book which includes several variants on the "Death by Chocolate" Cake theme--muffins, breakfast loaf, etc. And, on top of that, they have a video showing me carrying a cake-like item out of the house the day before they barged in to verify my compliance with their silly order. They suspect that I took one of the cakes to work to share with my co-workers. I calmly refuse to tell them anything.
So what is the conclusion? That I had no pre-existing cake, waiting to be eaten? Or, that I had all the ingredients to make that cake at a moment's notice, despite my having said I wouldn't; and that I even made one just before they came to check, but had taken it somewhere else to eat?
I don't know about you, but I think if you conclude that I haven't been making my famous "Death by Chocolate" cake because one isn't sitting out on the counter for you to find, then you are more foolish than even I could possibly have imagined....
1/4 c. oil
1 1/3 c. water
1 chocolate cake mix (get your favorite--I like devil's food chocolate cake)
Mix the above ingredients by hand (do not use electric mixer). Pour into greased 9x11 inch pan. Sprinkle 12 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips on top (I like Hershey's). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Cool about 5 minutes. Poke holes in cake (it should still be warm) and spread with 1 large jar of Smuckers Hot Fudge Topping. You can eat the cake unadorned; or with high quality vanilla ice cream. If you are a choco-purist, you are free to use chocolate ice cream instead.
As you devour the cake, contemplate this: the NY Times would have you believe that, having found Saddam's nuclear recipe book lying around in the kitchen in no way suggests that Saddam was actually baking or had any intention to bake a cake, because he's such a nice guy. But that stupid, malevolent Bush fellow now has given away Saddam's super secret recipes and is responsible for a nuclear Iran and all the rest of the evil in the world.
Follow the logic! Ramsey Clark , a darling of the political left for many years, likes Saddam, so the ex-President of Iraq (soon to be really really "ex") can't be all bad, can he? The "reality based community" erupts in anger over the obviously unfair verdict in the Saddam trial (at least the psychopathic butcher Saddam was given a trial; the duly elected President of the United States was immediately convicted by these morons after the 2000 election), so the left must represent beacons of moral clarity, doesn't it? And finally, the icing on the cake: Islamofascist terrorist thugs from all over the world unambiguously root for the Democrats to win, therefore from the left's perspective the terrorists are simply another one of those victimized, downtrodden and oppressed groups the left is so eager to champion.
This foolish line of reasoning is the left's recipe for disaster.
Come election day tomorrow, there are two things a reasonable person should do. First, if you did not see the chilling film Obsession over the weekend on Fox that documents the clearly stated intent of radical Islam to destroy the West and the West's reluctance to confront the threat, then go here and watch it (hat tip: Power Line). You will never again be fooled or manipulated by the enablers, apologizers and supporters of this sickening evil that threatens all of civilization.
Second, tomorrow vote for those who have at least acknowledged the threat and (however ineptly) have taken action to confront it (cartoon from Cox & Forkum, of course; hat tip LGF) :