Now that the news media are finally being forced to admit that Iraq was a success (at least, until Democrat rushed in and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory), here are the top ten falsehoods liberals have used to destroy public support for this war:
10. Iran and North Korea were the more urgent threats.
The lunatic regimes Democrats installed in Iran and appeased in North Korea had already acquired dangerous weapons and had not yet defied twelve years of U.N. Resolutions (which liberals insist wasn’t enough time for Saddam). What happened to trying diplomacy first?
Stopping Saddam from building more dangerous weapons was clearly far more urgent.
9. The Iraqis never wanted us there.
Contrary to everything liberals tell us, the Iraqis really did greet us as liberators. And long after we went into Iraq, the Iraqi people continued to support us and the invasion. It was only after Iran and Syria began sending foreign fighters across the borders to conduct vicious sectarian terrorism campaigns that public opinion started to change…at which point liberals immediately rushed in and began incessantly misrepresenting this manufactured violence as Iraqis rebelling against some un-welcome “occupation,” and deeming the entire war a hopeless and unwinnable “quagmire.”
Liberals also naturally rushed in to protect Iran and Syria as they openly instigated, armed and funded the attacks on our troops…while demanding more groveling, appeasement and surrender from the U.S., even though such terrorist regimes have openly admitted that meeting with them merely legitimizes their cause.
8. Bush had no plan (‘Mission Accomplished’).
Between telling us the war was lost, that the surge would never work and that Iraq was a “distraction” (apparently we should wait for eachindividual terror-sponsor to hit us separately before acting against any of them), Democrats constantly accused Bush of not having a plan. This was before they took office and adopted his plan entirely. That plan was simply to rebuild the country and leave when the Iraqis could take over.
This was made clear in the “Mission Accomplished” speech, along with the fact that the rebuilding process would be long and difficult. Liberals naturally responded by pretending the “Mission Accomplished” sign meant President Bush was prematurely claiming that the entire war was over, rather than just the initial invasion, thus inventing a bogus gaffe out of thin air.
7. The war has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
Not even close. Liberals have repeatedly been caught wildly exaggerating Iraqi casualties, fabricating horror stories and falsely trashing our troops. Additionally, they have insisted since the beginning on talking only about the one tiny triangle of the country with all of the problems. This would be like judging California (which is the same size as Iraq) solely by the ghettos of L.A..
It completely ignores things like the lives saved by us killing terrorists (as well as how much better off the Shiites, Kurds, women and Israelis are).
6. We rushed in unilaterally.
After years of failed diplomacy, we went in with a coalition of forty different countries. France, Germany and Russia were too busy protecting their corrupt, behind-the-scenes dealings with Saddam (in blatant defiance of UN Resolutions) to lift a finger.
5. The war was illegal.
As Front Page Magazine has explained, the (endless) U.N. Resolutions authorized the war:
Saddam was an international outlaw. He had violated the 1991 Gulf War truce and all the arms control agreements it embodied, including UN resolutions 687 and 689, and the 15 subsequent UN resolutions designed to enforce them. The last of these, UN Security Council Resolution 1441, was itself a war ultimatum to Saddam giving him “one final opportunity” to disarm – or else. The ultimatum expired on December 7, 2002, and America went to war three months later.
4. We didn’t give diplomacy a chance.
Here is the 12-year time-line of exhaustive diplomatic efforts that preceded the war.
3. All we did was turn the Islamic world against us.
Newsflash: They already hated us. Iraq was invaded after 9/11, after eight years of unanswered al Qaida attacks and after decades of unprovoked attacks before that. It didn’t start with us finally deciding to fight back. In fact, it was only once we started drawing the enemy away from U.S. soil and onto a Middle Eastern battlefield (part of Bush’s stated objective) that we went seven years without a single domestic terrorist attack.
Fighting back does create more terrorists, but so does not fighting back, as Democrats demonstrated when they retreated from Islamic terrorists in Somalia. Bin Laden responded by calling the American soldier a “paper tiger” without the “stomach for war” and by using it to recruit more terrorists. We need to stop worrying about creating more terrorists and just focus on stopping them.
These are the people who poured into the streets by the thousands all around the world to dance and celebrate on 9/11 (a fact liberals unsuccessfully tried to dismiss). They attack us for the same reason that they attack everyone else–Islam is a savage cult that stones women to death for being raped, starts deadly global riots over cartoons and is obsessed with slaughtering infidels.
2. Saddam had no ties with terrorists.
According to the 9/11 Commission Report, Hussein made pacts with al Qaida (pg. 61), offered bin Laden safe haven (pg. 66) and offered to help al Qaida with chemical and biological weapons (pg. 128). He also sheltered al Qaida terrorists, openly sponsored suicide bombers and provided safe haven to notorious terrorist fugitive Abu Abbas.
Additionally, the news media copiously documented the connections until the moment Republicans wanted to remove Saddam.
1. There were no WMD.
Even after giving Saddam 9 months to hide his WMD in Syria while we publicly debated invading, we still found thousands of artillery shells filled with mustard and sarin gas (many with still-lethal purity levels as high as 84%). We also found nearly two tons of low-enriched Uranium, vials of live botulism, a seven-pound block of cyanide salt, and more.
Saddam Hussein had WMD, and repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use them on civilian populations. And according to the FBI agent who questioned him, Saddam openly admitted that he was aggressively seeking to finish reconstituting his WMD program. This is consistent with other inconvenient truths, like the fact that he sent a delegation to Niger in 1999 to “expand commercial relations”…with a country that only exports Uranium (another fact liberals have humiliated and discredited themselves trying to lie about).
Tapes recovered after the fall of Baghdad even reveal Hussein discussing how to launch a terrorist attack on U.S. soil with WMD.
The bottom line: Liberals saw the same evidence as President Bush and drew the same conclusions as he did. After 9/11, genocidal terror-sponsors obsessed with WMD, who had already been through more than a decade of failed UN diplomacy, simply could no longer be tolerated. Contrary to everything we have been told, the invasion of Iraq was absolutely urgent and necessary…and Democrats emphatically agreed at the time.