Friday, December 07, 2007

Revisionist History

So who rushed us into the Iraq war? Well, if you ask Karl "Jaba the Hut" Rove, it was.... Congress!?!?!?!

In a recent speech, the former presidential adviser said that the Bush administration was opposed to a congressional vote on deposing Saddam prior to the 2002 elections because they didn't want to "politicize" the debate.

The record shows, however, that it was the Democrats who wanted to delay the vote until AFTER the United Nations Security Council acted on the matter. Asked about that very topic on Sept. 13 of 2002, President Bush himself who was pushing for an early vote from Congress:
"If I were running for office, I'm not sure how I'd explain to the American people -- say, 'Vote for me, and, oh, by the way, on a matter of national security, I think I'm going to wait for somebody else to act.'"
In other words, Bush was saying to hell with what the United Nations says.

Another laughable assertion by Rove is that the reason Bush didn't want to be rushed into the war was that the administration wanted more time to line up allies.

Huh? I still remember all the shit conservatives were giving France when they refuse to participate in an invasion of Iraq. There was even a push among some Republican members of Congress to change the name of french fries to "freedom fries."

It was Bush who famously said to France and other countries that were opposing the invasion that we would "go it alone" if we had to. And it was Bush who told Hans Blix and the United Nations weapons inspectors to get out of Iraq three days before the launch of the invasion.

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