Friday, November 11, 2005
Before the war, he and his people pretended we had absolute certainty about WMDs in Iraq.
He convinced a lot of people of that.
Now we know that it wasn't absolutely certain; we know he overemphasized the certainty and ignored the doubts raised by others. His response is to blame other people for believing him.
"I told you that there was certainty; you believed me! Don't you go trying to say you didn't! So how can you complain about the invasion?"
It's a nifty trick. As I'm sure you all recall, he made a big deal about the war authorization vote... holding it before the elections to try to force Democrats to cover up their doubts, or be painted as unwilling to fight the war on terror. Who wants to admit "I voted to give Bush authorization for fear of losing the election"?
There's just one problem. They made the decision before the inspections restarted. They made the decision before we started getting the first real evidence in. They made the decision before we had actual, on the ground intelligence.
Bush is the only one who made the decision after the evidence started rolling in... Bush is the one who insisted that lack of evidence was proof that Saddam was fooling the inspectors.
Yes, people believed that Saddam Hussein had WMDs. That is not the same thing as believing that an invasion is the only way to get rid of them.