Thursday, December 08, 2005

Democrats' Dean is the one who's lying

This morning I watched a spot on CNN where Howard Dean was being interviewed. This time he's trying to defend his comments yesterday that we can't win the Iraq War and, in so doing, pulled out the same tired lie the Democrats have been screaming loud and long to anyone who'll listen. Here's the lead from the AP story on it:

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday his assertion that the United States cannot win the war in Iraq was reported "a little out of context," saying Democrats believe a new U.S. strategy is needed to succeed there.

Seeking to clarify a statement in a Texas radio interview that Republicans harshly assailed and some Democrats questioned, Dean said, "They kind of cherry-picked that one the same way the president cherry-picked the intelligence going into Iraq."

Dean was questioned on CNN about an interview he gave Monday to radio station WOAI in San Antonio. "The idea that we're going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong," the former Vermont governor and unsuccessful 2004 presidential candidate said.

A "little out of context." Read that quote again and answer me this: what context could possibly take the statement that, "[t]he idea that we're going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong" and make it inaccurate to say Dean claims we can't win the war in Iraq? In fact, the context of the discussion, which was absolutely dealing with the Iraqi operations, makes it more accurate to make that translation, not less so. Dean, knowing this, decided to pull out the old "Bush lied!" lie himself in an effort to distort and confuse. As I have said on many, many occasions there has been no less than 3 investigations (2 American, 1 British) that found the White House and President Bush did no such thing as "cherry pick" intel. The Democrats in office now had access to the same intel and drew the same conclusions. Several other countries had access to the same intel and they came to the same conclusion. They all considered the same set of information available to the President and arrived at the same result. If they want to have it granted that Bush lied, then so did all of those people. Not a rational conclusion.

Dean and others have picked the timing of their comments quite well for maximum political effect and to hell with what it does to our troops in the field. To hell with what it does to the people of Iraq who are working so hard to have the same freedoms we enjoy. And to hell with our allies in the Coalition. That's unpatriotic and to hell with them if they've got a problem with being called that. The label fits. Now they can wear it with pride.