Facts No Longer Count
Written by JB Williams
This could be a one or
two sentence column if it weren’t for the need to supply supporting evidence.
The facts no longer count simply because winning political power matters more.
The facts don’t create our divide, political ideologies do and these
ideologies drive what propaganda we might choose to call facts…
People in this country
don’t raise questions for the purpose of finding answers or truth
anymore. They raise questions for the sole purpose of raising suspicions aimed
at discrediting their political opponents and winning elections by default.
The most discouraging
part of writing a political column today is that when you read reader mail, as
I do, you quickly learn that people prefer to invent their own reality to
support their political agenda. Though it happens on both sides of the aisle,
Democrats seem to have perfected the technique.
Liberals believe that
Bush “lied” us into the war effort in Iraq.
They believe that Bush blamed the events of 9/11 on Hussein, even though Bush
stated unequivocally on September 20,
2001, only ten days after 9/11, “Americans are asking, "Who attacked our country? The evidence we
have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations
known as al Qaeda.”
Liberals believe that
Bush left the war on terror when he moved the war beyond the borders of Afghanistan.
But Bush said from the start “There
are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries.” (A
simple reality known to be true.)
Liberals believe Bush
under-estimated our enemies and led us into a quagmire without consideration
for the difficulties that lay ahead. But again, Bush stated from the start
“Now, this war will not be like the
war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of
territory and a swift conclusion. Our response involves far more than instant
retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a
lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic
strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success.”
A year later, Liberals
interpreted Bush’s statements concerning an Iraqi threat as an immediate imminent threat of nuclear holocaust.
Today they accuse Bush of inventing a case against Hussein, as if one needed to
On September 12, 2002, Bush instead said
this “Twelve years ago, Iraq invaded Kuwait without provocation. To suspend hostilities, to
spare himself, Iraq's dictator accepted a series of commitments. The
terms were clear to him and to all, and he agreed to prove he is complying with
every one of those obligations. He has proven instead only his contempt for the
United Nations and for all his pledges. By breaking every pledge, by his
deceptions and by his cruelties, Saddam Hussein has made the case against
There was no debate as to
the truth of these statements. There was no need to invent any case against
Hussein. As Bush stated, “Saddam
Hussein has made the case against himself.”
Liberals accuse Bush of
single handedly seeking regime change in Iraq
on a false foundation of bogus – manipulated -overstated intelligence.
Yet Congress and the Clinton Administration had passed legislation in the late
90’s, making regime change the official US policy on Iraq, using all the
same arguments later used by the Bush Administration seeking Congressional
authority to use force to effect that policy. Congressional authority he
After listing one by one
in great detail, the numerous ongoing violations of 16 broken UN resolutions,
Bush concluded not that Hussein posed some immediate
imminent nuclear threat to America, but rather “The first time we may be completely certain he has
nuclear weapons is when, God forbid, he uses one. We owe it to all our citizens
to do everything in our power to prevent that day from coming.”
He concluded, “The history, the logic and the facts lead to one
conclusion: Saddam Hussein regime is a grave and gathering danger. To
suggest otherwise is to hope against the evidence. To assume this regime's good
faith is to bet the lives of millions and the peace of the world in a reckless
gamble, and this is a risk we must not take.”
post-9/11 world, few disagreed….
Reid: "The problem is
not nuclear testing; it is nuclear weapons. ... The number of Third World countries with nuclear capabilities seems to grow
daily. Saddam Hussein's near success with developing a nuclear weapon should be
an eye-opener for us all."
Durbin: "One of the
most compelling threats we in this country face today is the proliferation of
weapons of mass destruction. Threat assessments regularly warn us of the
possibility that...Iraq...may acquire or develop nuclear weapons."
Kerry: "If you don't
believe...Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn't
vote for me."
Edwards: "Serving on
the Intelligence Committee and seeing day after day, week after week, briefings
on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction and his plans on using those weapons,
he cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons, it's just that simple. The whole
world changes if Saddam ever has nuclear weapons."
Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction
technology, which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a
mockery of the weapons-inspection process."
Kennedy: "We have
known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of
Yet what are these same
people saying today? More importantly, now as our troops stand in harms way on
the basis of ALL these statements from ALL of these national leaders, supported
by US and international intelligence reports, almost ALL of which agreed with
these conclusions, why are they saying it now?
Is it a memory lapse?
No… It’s because the facts don’t count - Winning in the next
two election cycles does.
20, 2001, Bush spoke to the world. Read the transcript and show me the
11, 2001, Bush spoke to the world again. Read the transcript and show me
On September 12,
2002, Bush again spoke to the world. Read the transcript and show me the
The facts are, Bush
didn’t lie - he didn’t manipulate any intelligence reports (two
investigations have already concluded such). He didn’t exaggerate any threat.
However, the press and liberals did. He didn’t blame Hussein for 9/11 and
he didn’t say America
was about to be attacked by Hussein with nuclear warheads.
Do the facts matter? They
do to me… What WMD?
If the facts supported
liberal claims, I’d be first in line to lynch any Administration who
intentionally misled our troops into harms way for political purposes. As it
is, I am the first in line to lynch those who make such outlandish accusations
without adequate foundation, further emboldening our enemies and endangering
our troops in that process.
If the facts matter to
you… Use the links provided to read the transcripts yourself.
Then read the 2004 Senate Intelligence
Committee Report, which investigated in depth the pre-war intelligence
A report demanded by Senate Democrats, intended to help in the 2004 election.
The evidence wasn’t there and it didn’t help the Party. In fact, if
you read the full report for yourself, Democrats are not helped at all by this
Do I have criticisms for
the Bush Administration? Absolutely! Criticisms founded on facts. If we can
ever get past the partisan nonsense, I’d love to address them.
Honest dissenters in
search of the truth can find it in this column and the links provided. All
others, asking already answered questions for the sole purpose of raising
unwarranted suspicions, should be lynched along with their callused leaders.
These people are more of a threat to American peace, security and unity than
the terrorists themselves.
and Report links: