From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
I used to like March 19th.
Not so much anymore. It’s the day Republicans shot our country in the foot and expected a parade of sweets and flowers for it.
Today is the ninth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, aka the “More Than Twice As Long As World War II” war. As its architects and cheerleaders try to rehabilitate their images by crapping out error-riddled books sprinkled with revisionist fairy dust, let’s remember what they and their media enablers really said before and after it all went down. Please hold your rotten tomatoes until the very end…
“Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof—the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.”
—George W. Bush (10/7/02)
My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.”
—Colin Powell, United Nations Speech (2/5/03)
“My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”
—Dick Cheney (3/16/03)
“[T]he area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”
—Donald Rumsfeld (3/30/03)
Who said war never solved anything?
—Brendan Miniter, Assistant Editor, Wall St. Journal (4/8/03)
“Each morning, we sat reading our copy of The New York Times, The Washington Post or the Los Angeles Times and ruminated on their prophecies of doom and quagmire. Then we looked up to see, on television, correspondents actually embedded with our troops reporting quick advances, one-sided firefights, melting opposition and, finally, welcoming crowds.”
—Dick Morris (4/15/03)
“The only people who think this wasn’t a victory are Upper Westside liberals.”
—Charles Krauthammer (4/19/03)
TED KOPPEL: [Y]ou’re not suggesting that the rebuilding of Iraq is going to be done for $ 1.7 billion?
ANDREW NATSIOS [Agency for International Development]: Well, in terms of the American taxpayer’s contribution, I do. This is it for the US.
[Liberals] can’t deny that President Bush has won his two wars, and won them resoundingly.
—Paul Mirengoff, Powerline (4/26/03)
Is it really worth rubbing their dumbstick-beaten faces in their own muck every year on this occasion? I take the late Molly Ivins’ view from April 29, 2003, barely a month after Shock ‘n Awe:
The United States, which insisted it could not give United Nations weapons inspectors so much as 10 days more to search, so dangerous were these WMDs, now says it needs months to find them. In the meantime, we are clearly being set up to put the whole issue of WMDs down the memory hole.
Maybe the American people can be brainwashed into forgetting why we supposedly went to war. Near as I can tell, our national memory span is down to about two weeks, and the media have been spectacularly unskeptical on this issue. But the rest of the world is not going to forget that WMDs were our primary reason for an unprovoked, pre-emptive war.
And how did the steely-eyed Republican Commander-in-Chief and his chickenhawk cheerleaders pay for all the unnecessary carnage and chaos? Why, I think I’ll let the deficit-obsessed tea party answer that. I expect the silence will be deafening.
More Cheers and Jeers below the fold…