From the Anchoress, who is a brilliant blogger, by the way, and humble about it, which makes her all the more a pleasure to read.
We’ve watched the press pretend to beat their breasts for “not asking the tough questions of Bush” in the time leading up to the invasion of Iraq. That’s a distortion; they asked plenty of questions and made plenty of noise, and in the “rush to war” – which took so long any nation could have spirited their weapons somewhere else – the administration went to the UN twice, and the Democrat leadership, from Bill Clinton on down re-iterated what they’d said since 1998: Saddam had WMD, and in the face of 9/11, he could not be allowed to keep them.
You don’t have to agree with the invasion of Iraq or the reasoning behind it, but the constant revision of history that has become commonly accepted is a bit irritating. It never ceases to amaze me that people can forget what actually happened just 6 years ago.
The link between Iraq and 9/11 was not that Iraq was involved in 9/11, but that in the aftermath of that terrorist attack, we needed to be proactive against our enemies.
Gee, for a party that prides itself on nuance, that finer point was sure lost in translation.
And now we’re stuck with the bumper sticker mentality that Bush lied, forgetting, of course, that the previous administration supported everything that President Bush thought about the potential threat of Iraq. (Lots of Democratic quotes on the matter in the link contained in the block quote above.)