Bush: Right wing bloggers are distorting the facts
Now, look, part of the reason we went into Iraq was -- the main reason we went into Iraq at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction.Capacity, shamacity. We were warned of mushroom clouds!
But, in light of Bush's overlooked admission, let's take a trip down memory lane with a few of our right wing friends...
Saddam's WMDs were indeed one of the reasons for going to war. But the claim that they were the only reason, or the main reason, is one that is simply asserted by Lindlaw and like-minded reporters and is generally taken to be true by dint of repetition.FrontPage's David Horowitz:
The rationale for this war was not, as critics claim, stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. This is a misunderstanding that was the product of political arguments during a Democratic primary season that were intended to unseat a sitting president, but they had grave fallout for the credibility and security of the nation itself. The resultant misunderstanding about WMDS is the basis for most of the attacks on the war in Iraq.Dean Esmay:
The fact is that I never believed WMDs were our primary reason for war against Saddam Hussein. After more than a year of regularly arguing in favor of taking out the monster in Baghdad, I'm bemused by people who now think that was our main reason for going. I suppose that's not entirely fair, because the whole world doesn't read my weblog, but I know I'm not the only one who said the things I said.There are many more, including Glenn Reynolds who, as always, bravely fought the war against strawmen by pointing out that Bush never said WMDs were the only reason. Thanks, Glenn, but neither did anyone else.
Oil was never our main reason for going. Neither were WMDs.
While he was at it, you might notice, Bush also said the 50 percent of Americans who think there were WMDs--including Rick Santorum--are wrong and, if you're wondering about Bush's long spiel about how he "will never question the patriotism of somebody who disagrees with" him, that can be easily explained. A poll of troops in Iraq in March found that
more than half of US troops in Iraq (51%) favor a full withdrawal either "immediately" (29%) or within six months (22%).And, of course, Bush supports the troops. Just not their views.
An additional 21% told interviewers that US troops should leave Iraq between six and 12 months from now, while only 23% - or less than one in four - agreed with official Bush policy that the troops should stay "as long as they are needed".