"It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war."
In his own perverse way, the Dry Drunk President, a man who has lived his life by rewriting history, is correct.
It goes without saying that the Bush administration manipulated the facts. And the Democrats voted for the invasion of Iraq because they were afraid of being called cowards. Two thousand American soldiers and who knows how many Iraqui civilians are dead in horrible ways because Hillary Clinton and Joe Leiberman didn't want to be called wimps by Dick Cheney, and we all know how scary he can be. It's this generation's take on the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
Democratic senators are every bit as culpable as the Bush administration in the Iraqui mistake. Al Qaeda operatives must kiss George Bush's picture every day as their greatest recruiter.
But let's not have Democrats claim they were drunk or horny or naive when Shrub "tricked" them with "intelligence". They knew they were giving the car keys to a lame-brain and they couldn't resist his dare. Soldiers implicitly volunteered to surround Tora Bora and were sent to Mesopotamia instead.
"Misled the American people"? The American people can't find Iraq and Afghanistan on a map. That's why we have a Senate, to be a deliberative body that says "slow down, let's get the facts and think about this." The Republican Party will be roasting on their own special spits in Hell, but the Democratic Party held its nose, closed its eyes and hoped for the best in what they knew was a Very Bad Idea. God forbid a Fox anchor should call them names.
Anyone with a scintilla of critical intelligence could see that Powell's presentation was half-assed and not enough to go to war. Anyone with the least bit of experience, observation and intuition could see right through Chalabi and the rest.
Any con man will tell you that you can't con a pigeon without a greedy and eager pigeon.