Thursday, November 10, 2005

Who Is Lying About Iraq?

Norman Podhoretz - December 2005 (Publish date, not actual date) - Commentary Magazine
Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq by telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed.

What makes this charge so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike.

There are two articles that have just been published that attempt to correct the lies of the MSM.

The first article above by Norman Podhoretz has an interesting list of all the consensus of the time which proves Saddam Hussein was continuing his attempt to secure WMD of all 3 types. Saddam had done one thing no one expected, which was temporarily dispose of all his existing supplies. This one side issue is now being used to attempt to re-write history and pretend that he had ended his hopes to get WMD at some time in the future. That is a total fabrication.

The second article is:

Not All Negative

Progress is being made in Iraq.

by Bill Crawford - November 09, 2005 - National Review Online

The mainstream media is failing in its reporting on Iraq. The American people are being fed a steady stream of negative stories about Iraq that in no way represent reality, and even if a positive story is reported it can be hard to spot. The New York Times reported on the ratification of the Iraqi constitution by attempting to calculate how many “yes” votes would have needed to change to “no” in order for the constitution to have failed. The week the ratification of the constitution became official was the same week the number of U.S. fatalities in Iraq reached 2,000. Some papers in the U.S. reported the casualty “milestone” on their front page, and completely ignored the story about the ratification of the constitution. Is it any wonder that more and more Americans are starting to believe that removing Saddam was a mistake? In stark contrast, 71 percent of Iraqis believe that Iraq will achieve long-term stability through the democratic process. The truth is that great things are happening in Iraq every day.

This second article has a compelling list of all the evidence of success in Iraq that is being intentionally ignored by the MSM. One success that I did not see even in this list, an ironic one, is the amazing success in reversing the massive environmental damage that Saddam had inflicted on the Marsh Arabs, and the Iraqi Marshes. These are a major wetlands area of the world, and certainly the major wetlands area in the middle east. The irony? Most of the people who are determined to spread lies about what is happening in Iraq claim to be environmentalists. Yet they are intentionally ignoring the most important environmental story of the year so they can bash America.


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