Democrats forced the Senate into closed session Tuesday, demanding answers about intelligence that led to the Iraq war. Republicans claimed the move was a political stunt.
The Republicans are wrong, it wasn’t a political stunt, it was a publicity stunt. Make no mistake — the Democrats are relying on their friends in the media to keep hammering an issue that should be dead.
Before the doors to the Senate chamber were closed, Senator Reid said:
“The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really all about, how this administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who cared to challenge its actions.”
Scooter Libby was indicted because the media and the Democrats were able to grossly blow out of proportion 16 words in a State of the Union address:
The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
Those 16 words were the foundation for the left’s mantra; Bush lied. Those sixteen words are why the Democrats shut down the Senate today. If the Democrats in the Senate really want to investigate why we went to war, they can look back at the 2003 State of the Union address they all attended. In addition to the famous 16 words the address contained another 5,398 words.
Why is it nobody ever mentions these 128 words?
The United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons materials sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax; enough doses to kill several million people. He hasn’t accounted for that material. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed it….
…Before September the 11th, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained. But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained. Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons and other plans — this time armed by Saddam Hussein. It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known. We will do everything in our power to make sure that that day never comes.
Suddenly uranium doesn’t seem that important. I’ll support going to war based on those 128 words. Need more? Here are 91 words:
Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained — by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning.
And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country — your enemy is ruling your country.
Perhaps we should send Joe Wilson to Iraq where he might be able to determine from millions of people with purple fingers if this is a truthful and just reason to go to war.
At the end of this historically important address, President Bush said these powerful 64 words:
America is a strong nation, and honorable in the use of our strength. We exercise power without conquest, and we sacrifice for the liberty of strangers.
Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity.
It looks to me like Bush was telling the world that he was going to war because it is America’s destiny to protect God’s gift to humanity. He didn’t have to go that far for me, he had me at anthrax.
The one thing we can be absolutely certain about is that President Bush did not justify, bolster or use the rationale that we were going to war merely because the British Government had learned that Saddam Hussein had sought uranium. Seeking uranium seems minor and inconsequential in the context of this address and the litany of solid reasons presented to remove a tyrannical dictator from power.
There is only one real mystery in this whole ordeal that needs to be investigated. Are the Democrats lying, or are they stupid?