When God Gives You Lemons

You make lemonade. Democrats are now completely sold that Bush lied, and they are now moving on as if that is de facto and de jure the truth (in their attempt to find a Bush scandal du jour). Now, Oliver ups the ante– not only did the White House get caught in a lie, but they have decided to use it to their advantage to get rid of george Tenet:

There was a method to the White House acknowledging the fraudulency of the uranium situation: take down Tenet and the CIA…

The info I’ve seen so far says that the CIA hedged their bets at best about the Iraqi WMD program, and that they urged the Brits to dispense with the Nigerian tube evidence, while it was the Cheney-Rumsfeld wing of activity (including Condi Rice) who were ready to go guns-a-blazin’ on Iraq. This is rotten from the head on down, and the Democrats will be remiss in their duties if they don’t pursue this to the hilt.

Do you understand now why I called the previous posts Democrat over-reach? That Bush lied is now a settled fact to the left, now they are looking for their own little Watergate. It’s fun to watch these guys. And, for clarity- that is Oliver Willis making the claim, and not Oliver Stone.

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Uh oh. Tenet is now claiming it was the CIA’s fault. I guess the line will now be that Bush has been after Tenet forever, and they conveniently got rid of him while covering up for Bush’s lie. Of course, that is not what Tenet is saying, Bush is saying, Tony Blair is saying, or anyone in the Administration- but hey, you gotta love the loony left:

CIA Director George Tenet acknowledged Friday his agency wrongly allowed President Bush to tell the American people that Iraq was seeking nuclear material from Africa when analysts had doubts about the quality of the intelligence.

“These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the president,” Tenet said in a statement released after Bush and his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, blamed the miscue on the CIA and members of Congress called for someone to be held accountable.

“This was a mistake,” the director’s statement said.

Stayed tuned for more spin from the Democrats. I am predicting they will say what I have said above, or they will claim that this is clear proof of the incompetence of the Bush administration. Should be entertaining.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Democrats

The left is now rushing to accuse the right of ‘spin’ regarding the SOTU sentence heard round the world. For example:

Jesse at Pandagon: I love watching Republicans under the gun. So far, the spins (none of which are sticking, because none of them made sense): – It was one sentence!

The Atriettes: The “one sentence” — in the President’s constitutionally mandated State of the Union speech — was the one that implied Saddam Hussein was threatening us with nuclear weapons.

You’re at a wedding — the groom says “I don’t” instead of “I do” … “It’s just one sentence!”

You can laugh at the spin over the spin, should you choose. What should annoy you is the way the Democrat National Committee is editing the sentence to distort the President for their own political gain:

On Thursday the Democratic National Committee released a television ad, entitled “Read His Lips: President Bush Deceives the American People,” accusing Bush of lying when he mentioned the uranium issue in his State of the Union address.

The ad calls for a bipartisan investigation of the issue. It was produced by a group of veterans of the Clinton/Gore administration and several Democratic campaigns.

The ad begins with the words, “In his State of the Union address, George W. Bush told us of an imminent threat ” It then cuts to a video clip of the president saying, “Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

The ad omits the first words of Bush’s statement, which read, in full, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

The government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it stands behind its intelligence assessment of the African uranium issue.

So- the left is screaming at a defense that says it was just one sentence (even thought it was accurate and the Brist still stand by the statement Bush has made), and then they can’t EVEN USE THE ENTIRE DAMNED SENTENCE. Why? Because in order to fit their lies, they need to edit out the source of the information.

This, folks, is the party of Clinton and McAuliffe. This is the party apparatus that the ‘moderate’ Democrats claim you should support. Amusing.

Star Wars Kid

It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this, it makes me laugh.

Balloon Juice presents, via Rock 103, the Star Wars Kid. Here is another version, and here he is redone ala The Matrix.

Dean’s Over-reach

A politically active New Englander, unknown to upwards of 85% of the American population, is demanding that anyone who ‘misled’ the country immediately resign:

I demand truth from my government in Washington.

It is now clear that some officials in this Administration misled the nation and misled the world. These people must be held accountable for their failure to give us the truth before we went to war.

But we should not have to wait for investigations to rid our government of those who misled the American people.

They know who they are, and they can resign on their own today. I demand the resignation of those who engaged in this deception.

I am not sure what he is looking for, since he makes no specific charge, accuses no one in particular, just that ‘some officials’ may have ‘misled’ (and note- you can mislead people without lying- well, by being wrong, or making a mistake). And by the way, that obscure New Englander is not Lyndon LaRouche. It is Howard Dean, once again tapping into the anger of the fringe.

Like I said- Dean is going to win the Democrat nomination, and then lose 40+ states in the general election.

A Moder Day Rorschach Test

The CalPundit has found an interesting modern day Rorschach test:

What to think? If you believe that Bush is sincere, this makes perfect sense. Maybe we really can’t ramp up spending that fast without wasting a lot of it.

But if he’s not, then it’s just a cynical effort to get public credit for being compassionate without having to follow through on it.

Which is it?

It is funny that so much of modern politics boils down to things like this. Go read to find out what Kevin is taling about.

Free Market Americans

Want to help Africa? Read this:

After too many years of Africa’s being pushed to the global background, it’s heartening to see the world’s attention being focused on our continent. International support both financial and otherwise is certainly needed to help combat the severe poverty and disease gripping our nations. But first and foremost, Africa needs to be allowed to take its destiny into its own hands. Only self-reliance and economic growth and development will allow Africa to become a full member of the world community…

In the period from 2001 to 2002, America’s 25,000 cotton farmers received more in subsidies some $3 billion than the entire economic output of Burkina Faso, where two million people depend on cotton. Further, United States subsidies are concentrated on just 10 percent of its cotton farmers. Thus, the payments to about 2,500 relatively well-off farmers has the unintended but nevertheless real effect of impoverishing some 10 million rural poor people in West and Central Africa.

Something has to be done. Along with the countries of Benin and Chad, we have submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organization which is meeting in Cancn, Mexico, in September to discuss agricultural issues that calls for an end to unfair subsidies granted by developed countries to their cotton producers. As an interim measure, we have also proposed that least-developed countries be granted financial compensation for lost export revenues that are due to those subsidies.

Our demand is simple: apply free trade rules not only to those products that are of interest to the rich and powerful, but also to those products where poor countries have a proven comparative advantage. We know that the world will not ignore our plea for a fair playing field. The World Trade Organization has said it is committed to addressing the problems of developing countries. The United States has convinced us that a free market economy provides the best opportunities for all members of the world community. Let us translate these principles into deeds at Cancn.

Free trade really works- unfortunately it is rarely attempted.

Some Context, Please

Here is the relevant portion of the SOTU address that has the Democrats so upset. I have bolded the part that they claim is a lie (even though the British still claim it is true):

Twelve years ago, Saddam Hussein faced the prospect of being the last casualty in a war he had started and lost. To spare himself, he agreed to disarm of all weapons of mass destruction. For the next 12 years, he systematically violated that agreement. He pursued chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, even while inspectors were in his country. Nothing to date has restrained him from his pursuit of these weapons — not economic sanctions, not isolation from the civilized world, not even cruise missile strikes on his military facilities.

Almost three months ago, the United Nations Security Council gave Saddam Hussein his final chance to disarm. He has shown instead utter contempt for the United Nations, and for the opinion of the world. The 108 U.N. inspectors were sent to conduct — were not sent to conduct a scavenger hunt for hidden materials across a country the size of California. The job of the inspectors is to verify that Iraq’s regime is disarming. It is up to Iraq to show exactly where it is hiding its banned weapons, lay those weapons out for the world to see, and destroy them as directed. Nothing like this has happened.

The United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax — enough doses to kill several million people. He hasn’t accounted for that material. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed it.

The United Nations concluded that Saddam Hussein had materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin — enough to subject millions of people to death by respiratory failure. He hadn’t accounted for that material. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed it.

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. In such quantities, these chemical agents could also kill untold thousands. He’s not accounted for these materials. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. Inspectors recently turned up 16 of them — despite Iraq’s recent declaration denying their existence. Saddam Hussein has not accounted for the remaining 29,984 of these prohibited munitions. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

From three Iraqi defectors we know that Iraq, in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs. These are designed to produce germ warfare agents, and can be moved from place to a place to evade inspectors. Saddam Hussein has not disclosed these facilities. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb. The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production. Saddam Hussein has not credibly explained these activities. He clearly has much to hide.

The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary; he is deceiving. From intelligence sources we know, for instance, that thousands of Iraqi security personnel are at work hiding documents and materials from the U.N. inspectors, sanitizing inspection sites and monitoring the inspectors themselves. Iraqi officials accompany the inspectors in order to intimidate witnesses.

Iraq is blocking U-2 surveillance flights requested by the United Nations. Iraqi intelligence officers are posing as the scientists inspectors are supposed to interview. Real scientists have been coached by Iraqi officials on what to say. Intelligence sources indicate that Saddam Hussein has ordered that scientists who cooperate with U.N. inspectors in disarming Iraq will be killed, along with their families.

Year after year, Saddam Hussein has gone to elaborate lengths, spent enormous sums, taken great risks to build and keep weapons of mass destruction. But why? The only possible explanation, the only possible use he could have for those weapons, is to dominate, intimidate, or attack.

With nuclear arms or a full arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, Saddam Hussein could resume his ambitions of conquest in the Middle East and create deadly havoc in that region. And this Congress and the America people must recognize another threat. Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al Qaeda. Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own.

Aren’t you glad I bolded it- otherwise you may not have found it. Clearly, that line was the ENTIRE case for going to war with Iraq (even though it is true- despite Democrat claims that Bush lied). Everything else in the SOTU was just filler and fluff- but that one line- well, it made the case.

Here is what the Democrats want you to believe:

1.) Bush lied.
2.) The lie was the central focus of the entire case for war.
3.) Bush knew the information was false, yet he is such a warmongerer that he went against EVERYONE and included the line anyway.
4.) The British are wrong (remember, they still contend that they have multiple sources for the same information).
5.) There have never been cases in the past where the CIA and the White House were not in sync (Go to google and type Sudan + Clinton + Aspirin).
6.) Because one of the sources for the uranium/Africa story may have been forged, Bush is a liar about everything.
7.) Bush is a Republican. All Republicans are liars.
8.) Democrats are not Republicans, therefore they are not liars. Vote Kerry (Or Dean, or Edwards or one of the nine dwarves).

And if any of you think that it isn’t ALL about #8, you are a fool.

*** Update ***

Pejman has more.

McCain Pleads the Fifth

Jacob Sullum points out that John McCain really doesn’t know what he is talking about:

For those who wondered how Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) could sponsor a “campaign finance reform” law that restricts political speech, the answer became clear during a hearing he chaired the other day: McCain has never read the First Amendment.

How else to explain the senator’s contention that radio stations violate the First Amendment when they decline to play the music of performers who offend their listeners? According to McCain, this threat to freedom of speech is a “strong argument” for limiting “media concentration”in this case, for compelling big radio chains to sell some of their stations.

Democrat Over-Reach

If you thought the Democrat Over-Reach and indignation was pathetic regarding Bush’s speech on the aircraft carrier, or any of the other 500 times the Democrats ‘have finally shown some backbone and opposition’ (how many times will they have to jump on something before liberal bloggers will drop the mantra that the Democrats never stand up to Bush?- all they do is oppose), the you will really enjoy the flooding of the zone regarding the Niger comments from the left. From the past 24-48 hours, here are the posts from just a few liberal bloggers:

Oliver Willis: One Two Three Four Five Six Seven

CalPundit: One Two Three Four Five

Daily Kos: One Two Three Four Five

Flood the Zone, guys! Here is the DNC commercial claiming Bush lied. Don;t they understand that false accusations are going to get them nowhere? And while we are at it, the best (or should I say most prolific?) liar of the current crop of Democrat Presidential candidates, John Kerry, had this to say:

Its been days since the President was flown to an aircraft carrier to announce that hostilities in Iraq had ended. Now, clearly, its time for the President to step forward and tell the truth that the war is continuing and so are the casualties.”

Have fun with that doozy. This would be funny if it were not so transparent and pathetic- and damnit, why aren’t we in Liberia yet?

Mistakes and Lying

Instapundit and Randy Barnett stumble across something we discussed months ago here- the new Democrat tactic is to claim that any mistake is a lie.

I guess when you are desperate, you will just say anything.

Good Grief

Now Africa is all about oil:

The President will be dispensing gifts on his five-day sweep through Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria, financial aid, money to fight AIDS and trade agreements to support good governance that may help soften his Administration’s negative international image. He may even be poised to commit troops to Liberia to help prevent yet another catastrophic African fratricide, a substantial expansion of military humanitarian peacekeeping of the kind for which he had once sharply criticized his predecessor. But while AIDS, trade, investment, democracy, development and the moral obligation of preventing mass bloodshed may dominate many of the speeches, Mr. Bush is first and foremost a national-security president. His agenda in Africa remains grounded in his priority of defending the realm, and the increased U.S. engagement in Africa is driven by two familiar strategic concerns: Oil and terrorism.

Look- if we are only after oil (and I am not dismissing the importance of a stable supply of crude), let’s start being efficient about it, ok? Can we start the genocide, please? Let’s just kill all these people off, then we won’t have to nation build or anything. We can afford the bullets, right? Hell, in Africa, maybe they can show us how to save bullet money by simplyt using old tires, gasoline, and machetes.

And for the left wing trolls- I am being darkly sarcastic. I am not in favor of what I just suggested.

Edwards Delivers

This will help John Edwards campaign coffers:

The U.S. Senate voted 49-48 to deny President George W. Bush another victory on health-care policy by blocking legislation to limit medical malpractice lawsuits and jury awards to injured patients.

Doctors, nursing homes, health plans such as Aetna Inc. and hospital owners such as Health Management Associates Inc. support the bill, saying it will lower premiums charged by malpractice insurers such as FPIC Insurance Group Inc. and ProAssurance Corp.

“A lot of these are frivolous lawsuits,” said Senator John Ensign, a Nevada Republican. “In our legislation, we are trying to bring some balance back to the system.”

I expect Edwards will surge forward in the fundraising race this quarter, particularly when you consider the shady manner in which his campaign funds have been raised to date.

Excellent Piece

John Hawkins has a complete recap of the myths, misstatements, and flat out lies that our friends on the left are spreading in order to attack Bush over Iraq. For example- how many lefty websites have crowed that the intelligence Bush cited about Iraqi uranium purchase from Niger were forgeries? Now, ask yourself how many of them have pointed out that the British have alternative sources of intelligence to back up that claim, and they are most assuredly not forgeries- and that the Brits stand by the claim to this day.

Go read.

9/11 Report

This should be interesting:

A long-awaited final report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will be released in the next two weeks, containing new information about U.S. government mistakes and Saudi financing of terrorists.

Former Rep. Tim Roemer, who served on the House Intelligence Committee and who has read the report, said it will be ”highly explosive” when it becomes public.

The staff director for the congressional investigation that produced the 800-page report, Eleanor Hill, said Wednesday that several lengthy battles with the Bush administration over how much secret data to declassify have been resolved.

She expects the document to go to the Government Printing Office late this week and then be made public about a week later.

”It’s compelling and galvanizing and will refocus the public’s attention on Sept. 11,” predicted Roemer, an Indiana Democrat. “Certain mistakes, errors and gaps in the system will be made clear.”

If the Shoe Fits

Cathy Young says that Eric Alterman is a lazy hack. Well, in so many words.