"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Friday, January 14, 2005

The Rationale Canard

As reported by Kathryn Lopez on National Review Online, "The search for WMDs in Iraq is over. Which was announced last night on a local NYC ABC news broadcast as: 'The reason for the invasion of Iraq came up empty.'”

The MSM desperately cling to the canard that there was but one rationale offered for the invasion of Iraq. They cling to it because they believe it supports their biased view that the war was illegitimate.

As I explained in a post from February 5, 2004, President Bush made a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on September 12, 2002 that laid out many reasons for confronting Iraq. They were all valid and true, and they continue to be so:

-"Twelve years ago, Iraq invaded Kuwait without provocation."
-"Iraq continues to commit extremely grave violations of human rights."
-"Iraq continues to shelter and support terrorist organizations that direct violence against Iran, Israel, and Western governments."
-"Iraq attempted to assassinate the Emir of Kuwait and a former American President."
-"The Iraqi regime agreed to destroy and stop developing all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles, and to prove to the world it has done so by complying with rigorous inspections. Iraq has broken every aspect of this fundamental pledge."
-"The regime admitted to producing tens of thousands of liters of anthrax and other deadly biological agents."
-"Saddam Hussein's regime is a grave and gathering danger."
-"Liberty for the Iraqi people is a great moral cause."
-"He's fired ballistic missiles at Iran and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Israel."
-"With every step the Iraqi regime takes toward gaining and deploying the most terrible weapons, our own options to confront that regime will narrow."

One must ask oneself, then, when a member of the MSM declares that the purported existence of WMD was the only rationale offered: Is this person biased or incompetent?

It has to be one or the other. Or both.