Jewish World Review June 11, 2003 / 11 Sivan, 5763
Whom do you trust?
http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | With their growing cacophony of charges against the Bush administration for allegedly lying about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, the Democratic machine and its media allies are committing the very sin they're imputing to President Bush: undermining our national credibility.
Do you understand the gravity of the charge? Bush's opponents are contending that Bush, in order to snooker the public into supporting his neo-conservative, war-mongering appetite, deliberately - not negligently - distorted intelligence data to make Iraq's WMD program look much worse than it was. The whole pretense for the war, say the critics, was a fraud, and we were manipulated by a bunch of empire-building megalomaniacs in the executive branch.
They are seeking to discredit him as an honorable man and as the appropriate leader to continue navigating us through the War on Terror. Specifically, they've:
Their audacity is staggering. The gravamen of their claims is not merely that Bush lied - Democrats have made clear they don't care about presidential lies - but that he lied to start a war, the worst consequence of which is that we have lost credibility in the international community. As the New York Times editors wrote, "The good word of the United States is too central to America's leadership abroad - and to President Bush's dubious doctrine of pre-emptive warfare - to be treated so cavalierly."
But the disingenuousness of the president's accusers is manifest in the nature of their unsubstantiated allegations. Why? Because the inevitable result of those charges will be a diminution of American credibility. For pure partisan reasons they are causing the very damage they wrongly say that Bush has caused. In full view of the world, they have disparaged the integrity of the administration, the Department of Defense, DIA, CIA and our military elite. They've undermined America's credibility with foreign nations - all in the name of safeguarding our credibility with foreign nations.
Now, what do President Bush and the rest of his administration say about this? All of them, to a person, have repeatedly insisted they are telling the truth. In order to believe they were all lying, you have to believe, by the way, that Bill Clinton lied about the existence of these weapons, too.
Which is more likely: that the media and Democratic leadership have trumped up these charges for crass partisan purposes? Or, that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and a great part of the intelligence community are complicit in a lie that would rival the plot in a Robert Ludlum novel? Do you really think they are so Machiavellian?
For the record, of course, I don't believe President Bush lied, but if I did - unlike Clinton's diehard enablers - I would not be defending him.
It boils down to this: Whom do you trust, and who truly has the nation's best interests at heart?
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