"George Bush did some dramatic things, but he went to the Democrats first
and he got them on board." Peggy Noonan is describing the war in
Iraq, but what she failed to mention is that George W. Bush lied to the
Democrats, Republicans, and the American people to get them on board. (Remember
the weapons of mass destruction?) If that is the model for getting things done,
I won't have any of it. I wonder if BYU is going to get a left-winger to
spew their propaganda to provide a counterbalance to Noonan's right-wing
propaganda? After all, college should be about exposing students to different
ideas and healthy debate rather than rubber stamping particular political party
platforms and revisionist history.
Kings Court: To my knowledge there is no documented proof that Bush lied about
Iraq having WMDs. However, there is ample knowledge about Obama and his
administration lying to the American people to pass the ACA and to get
re-elected. Obama will be known in history as incompetent, disconnected,
vindictive, divisive, arrogant, hypocritical, and dishonest. If that
doesn't qualify him for the label of "worst president in history,"
I don't know what does.
And like Obama hasn't lied to us about The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
The real problem we have is public trust. It has been abused by these silly
powermongers in Washington.They are self serving ego maniacs. They
do dirty deals because they can.It is about time to clean house with
them all.Power to the People!
I consider myself a moderate and am unaffiliated with particular party. Even
I'm not sure that Bush "lied" about the WMD's. It's
entirely possible to have honestly believed they existed based on the
intelligence which is not always definitive. They also may have existed at the
time the intelligence was received then moved to another location. All that is
beside the point Noonan was making about seeking congressional input and making
your case before passage of a messure. The biggest problem I have with the ACA
is the process by which it was passed. Can anyone honestly say the problems with
its enactment could not have been at partially avoided had we relied on the
traditional American way of study, debate, and compromise BEFORE passage?
Sometimes I think Obama's ego doesn't allow him to acknowledge that he
doesn't know what he doesn't know which in turns leads him to not
consider the need to question.
Kings Court - speaking of lies:Obama won re-election because of
blatant lies about unemployment numbers, "if you like your doctor, you can
keep your doctor, PERIOD!! (end of story)", "the average family will
save $2500", the Benghazi "internet video", and on and on and on.Don't preach to us about lies, please.
Hmmm, no WMD in Iraq, even though we found the chemical weapons that are now
called WMD...and we found evidence that Saddam sent some of his weapons to
Syria.....who had those same types of chemical weapons called WMD, but President
Bush lied about WMD? I'm not following the logic.The
intelligence was there, Congress and the rest of the world believed it. So, now
some are second-guessing that decision claiming lies? Evidence please, and
MSNBC doesn't count.
I shudder to think that "Kings Court" lives in my home town.The
country, NATO and the UN always suspected that Saddam Hussein had weapons of
mass destruction in Iraq. That was always the belief, During the first Bush
term, during Clinton's term and again during the second Bush's terms.
Mr King's Court refuses to accept the facts I just cited and instead
probably got mis-informed about current events and history from some news outlet
known to lie to people. If you willingly believe a lie, refusing to leave
ignorance behind you are just as bad as those who knowingly propograte a lie.
Oh my. There are a lot of Kool-aid drinkers in Utah. If there were weapons of
mass destruction, where are they? We were in Iraq for what, eight years? It is
also funny to notice that just because I go after a Republican, I suddenly
become an Obama lover. How about people quit making party politics their new
religion and learn to think for a change rather than defend the indefensible.
People around here just crack me up.
Hi Kings Court,Apparently even Hillary Clinton must have been
drinking the "Kool-aid" considering the following statement that she
made:Speaking about the WMD's, "The consensus was the same,
from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration, It was the same
intelligence belief that our allies and friends around the world shared."
-Senator Hillary Clinton, April 20, 2004 on Larry King Live
George Will a couple weeks ago, and now Peggy Noonan. That's great as far
as it goes, but can't BYU provide its students with a broader range of
political speakers than this?
Our nation has voted for "the cool kid" as President since Clinton and
our nation has suffered greatly. Obama conned the nation into believing Romney
was dishonest when it was Obama who was the liar. The last three Presidents have
been horrible. All three were cool when first elected and by the end of the
terms we found out they were very flawed people who had no business as
There was a WMD in Irag. It's name was Saddam Hussein.
Kings Court,The fact that WMD were not found does not conflict with
the fact that multiple intelligence agencies from around the world, numerous
world leaders, and a majority of congress believed Saddam had WMD. Congress had
access to intelligence reports too. The consensus was that Saddam had ignored
inspectors for too long. He remained a threat, most believed he had WMD and
would use them (as he had before against the Iranians during the 1980s and
against the Kurds in the 90's), and US leaders (including Democrats in
congress) voted to go to war as nearly a decade of sanctions were not
working.You and many Democrats love to declare Bush lied. He
didn't lie. He was wrong, as were all other leaders that joined him, but
he did not lie.Obama lied. Everyone knows it. He can no longer be
trusted (was he ever trusted?). I believe he has lied repeatedly throughout his
terms. I wish we had Romney as president.
tesujiThey have gotten a broad range of speakers: Peggy Noonan
endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008. That's the political opposite
of George Will in my opinion.Ms. Noonan has no political ideology,
other than she is eager to curry favor with whichever party or leader she
perceives to be the most popular.
David, I'm not a Democrat. My view is a pox on both their houses. Just
because you disagree with sacred Republicans doesn't make one a Democrat.
Hawkeye79, I agree. Hillary Clinton was drinking the Kool-aid.
She was trying to burnish her credentials as a "hawk." No
matter how you all try to justify and rationalize it, like Obama did with
healthcare, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, or a combination of the three wanted to
invade Iraq to get to the WMD misled the American people and thousands of young
men died for it. You would think that if they were really after WMD, they would
have invaded North Korea, a country proven to have been working on them at the
time. I suspect other politics were a factor in the decision to invade Iraq.
The point of my post is that Noonan's attack on Democrats is
disingenuous considering the past reputation of the last Republican
administration, and let us not forget the Iran-Contra Scandal under her boss,
Ronald Reagan, who seemed to not remember anything.
That's right Kings Court:And let us not forget the ATF
Operation Fast & Furious Mexican gun running operation under Obama. Oh, and
I guess Hillary also lied about WMD in Iraq. You see - you can't have it
Tom, I guess you forgot that the ATF Operation Fast & Furious began under
G.W. Bush and continued under Obama, just like the much hated Guantanamo Bay to
house military prisoners without trial was started under Bush and continued
under Obama (another Obama campaign promise broken). I certainly like to point
out the hypocrisy among those who have sworn their souls to one political party
or another. It is funny how I simply point out Noonan's hypocrisy and then
find myself under attack for being a liberal or a Democrat and have to be
reminded of liberal misdeeds. Believe me, I'm no fan of Democrats or
Republicans. They are basically just alike in their corruption and their greed
and their lies. You have nothing to prove to me other than your partisan
beliefs. I'm well beyond that partisanship, but it is certainly fun to
stir the hornets nest among the partisan Republican readers of the DesNews who
stake their very existence on every word of the various conservative propaganda
machines. If Utah was Massachusetts, I would be doing the very same thing to
the majority liberals there.
"Bush lied"...so how do you define "lie." Not telling the truth?
Can't be that. Democrats accuse Bush of lying to Democrats like Hillary
Clinton who told the world there were WMDs. She wasn't telling the truth,
so...she lied?No. Neither Bush nor Clinton lied about WMDs because
lying is not telling the truth when you know what the truth is. So...Bush
didn't tell the truth because he fully believed the CIA and others had told
him the truth.Obama and his staff knew his ACA wouldn't let
people keep their doctor or health plan. Period.
I watched a show on KUEN-TV the other night. It showed vets severely wounded
(and I mean severely) in Iraq and Afghanistan, trying to get the middle east out
of their systems through fishing in Montana. These men suffer with disabilities
neither I nor Noonan can comprehend, but we owe it to them to try. The vast
bulk of these injuries were created by the stupid invasion of Iraq. Yes, George
W Bush's presidency was consequential - and how! The monstrous death toll
and disability toll of the needless Iraq war is incalculable. How can Noonan
not look at that?
Peggy Noonan has bad taste in pols.
Kings Court, I don't get your statement about how Bush lied
about WMDs? Are you saying that he blatently knew they did not exist in Iraq,
but pulled the wool over the entire country, government, UN and media? That is
what I understand the meaning of a lie is.Being an officer in the
Army and have deployed on multiple occasions myself, WMDs existed in Iraq.
First, we know (for a fact) they were used on the Iranians, Kurds and our own
soldiers (in Desert Storm). Second, EOD, ordinance and chemical specialists
found traces of WMDs all over Iraq without actually finding the objects
themselves. Most of these were transferred to Syria who has been currently using
them. From the information I've have seen and what I have been around, WMDs
existed in Iraq. I'm pretty sure they were #1 on Saddam's list of
things to move when the stirrings of war began. Don't spout
your personal beliefs as fact. Some of us have first hand experience.
@ Kings CourtDo you not remember the dead Kurds in the North part of
Iraq? The world was full of pictures of the dead. Mothers holding babies, little
children, etc. etc. etc. What more proof do you need? The UN went in there and
confirmed that it was chemical weapons that killed them. Why does the world keep
saying there were no WMD's? There was, it was proven and yet people say
they did not have them. That is like saying the Holocaust did not happen because
you did not see it, or you were not there.The left and all those who
believe that we did not need to go into Iraq just don't want to admit that
they had WMD's and saying it just will not change history just because you
don't like it.
Again, I see the people of Utah on their soap box putting down our president and
following it up with what they think is an educated answer. This cannot be done
if you're wearing blinders. George W. was the worst president we ever had
in history and put our country in shambles. President Obama has been given the
dirty task of cleaning up his mess and there have been some positive changes in
the economy, the deficit, and equal rights. Yet these accomplishments are
dismissed because our President is a democrat, and yes, he is black. This is
2013, not 1945.
Kings Court:I thought the liberal persecution complex was reserved
for OWS rallies and MSNBC? They are probably also your best bet for validation
of your claims and sympathetic ears.
How much more partisan could this Washington insider be before an audience and
institution that is equally as partisan?I seem to remember that to
my knowledge, and I've been around for quite a few Presidents, this one
never had the opposition party come out and publicly vow to ensure his failure.
They handed him the worst mess since the Great Depression and fought every idea
and proposal backed by the President, even those ideas that the GOP itself
proposed. The shame of the past five years isn't the President, it is the
Republican Party that gives not one whit about the interests of the country and
its people. Peggy's beloved Bush literally left the country in
a mess, and her party was determined to keep it that way. If the partisan
institution loves that, then so be it, but like my Grandfather felt about
Hoover, I feel about Bush, and I never want to return to that. I just wish the
GOP would govern rather than try to ruin then country.
I don't know if Pres. Obama lied about his ACA plan. It is very possible
that he didn't know what was in it. He didn't write it. That is the
problem with presidents today, they are like quarterbacks in that they take way
too much credit, for better or for worse. Obama had certain criteria that he
wanted his bill to include: no denial for pre-existing conditions, no erroneous
premium increases, no fraudulent plans that do inadequately cover a person once
something happes, and access to health care for all, especially the lowest
classes. All that sounds great, but how do you implement it?Well if
you are Pres. Obama, you hire your trusted lawyers and experienced law makers to
construe the 11,000 page bill. Do you think Obama read all that? You cannot
fund all those wonderful things from thin air. Something had to give. Most
likely, Pres. Obama truly believed all the things he said about his ACA at the
time he said them. I'm sure there are more nuggets he doesn't know
about. He still is accountable for the mess.
Sorry fokes, but there was no threat of WMDs from Iraq and over 4,500 Americans
and 100,000 Iraqs died becuase of it:Intelligence Committee found in
2008 that his administration "misrepresented the intelligence and the threat
from Iraq".Source: Press Release of Intelligence Committee
Senate Intelligence Committee Unveils Final Phase II Reports on Prewar
Iraq Intelligence Two Bipartisan Reports Detail Administration
Misstatements on Prewar Iraq Intelligence, and Inappropriate Intelligence
Activities by Pentagon Policy OfficeThursday, June 5, 2008
One more thing. Lying about something is different than being wrong about
something. Even if Pres. Bush was wrong about WMDs in Iraq (which is not
definitive), he wasn't lying about it. Just like Pres. Obama being wrong
about his ACA law, doesn't automatically make him a liar. However, both
lying and being wrong can lead to the same devastating consequences.With that said, there were plenty of reasons to pursue Sadam Hussein, who was
an enemy of our country and freedom. He funded several terrorist organizations
to assist them in attacking us. He was an evil dictator and committed several
crimes against humanity. Capturing him and turning him over to his own country
for trial was the right thing to do.There were plenty of other
mistakes that Pres. Bush made, but Sadam Hussein was not one of them.
The Wall Street Journal looks at life from a fiscal perspective. The NYT is a
socialist front. Republicans are fiscally sound. Democrats have become Marxist.
It is up to labor to fix this. Sixty percent of the 2010 census were labor
oriented European immigrant stock. The idea of the far left is to restructure
society to do away with the fiscally sound because they have the money and
power. Religion is also considered to be "the opiate of the people" and
sexist and racist. This all started 50 years ago with the murder of a
I've never been the biggest fan of Noonen, and now that I know she wrote
the phrase "kinder, gentler nation". Yuck. Bush the first looked wimpy
to begin with and I know the Democrats were seething with anger that they had
another 4 years of Reagan to put up with, which was the reason the senior Bush
won anyway, on the promise of 4 more years of Reagan. He of course blew that
with the going back on "no new taxes". Anyway, I find it interesting
that she sees Obama as "very very confident". Really? Just how
confident is a politician who many times in his career does not even vote, but
says "present"? And his presidency has looked anything but confident.
I really don't think Ms Noonen has much to offer, and never have. Were I a
politician, she would be last on my list of speech writers. And I'm a
tesujiReally Now? At least if some leftist/lib showed up at BYU,
he/she would not be shouted down and run off campus as so many conservatives are
at many of Americas big universities . Tolerance anyone? We know who has it
and who doesn't. The left would rather not even hear a conservative view
point, probably because it might actually make them re- think their ideology.
Of course they couldn't say so until they graduated because their grades
would be punished by the liberal professors for not toeing the PC line.
I think you all need to exam is who owns the paper Peggy Noonan writes for.
Kings Court,Imagine you are US president. US and numerous world
intelligence agencies report Saddam has WMD. Saddam used WMD in the 80's
against the Iranians, and the Kurds in the 90's. He has played a game with
UN inspectors for a decade. He is a threat in the Middle East. Would you believe the numerous intelligence reports? Or would you believe
the agencies were lying. If you reported to Congress & the American people
that Saddam had WMD would that make you a liar, when the world, the intelligence
communities, and a majority in Congress (had similar intelligence reports)
believed Saddam had WMD?Democrats like to accuse Bush of Lying. He
didn't lie, he was mistaken. But he made a decision based upon
intelligence reports.This is all history. We currently
have a president that out-right lied. He knew he was lying, and yet he did it,
straight-faced. Are Democrats, and yourself (you report to not be a Democrat)
really going to rationalize Obama's lies because Bush led to war against
Iraq? We get it, Bush was mistaken. He didn't lie. Current
reality: our president out-right lied. Do you trust him? If not...
Let's remember that, the day before the election, Peggy Noonan predicted a
Romney victory based, in part, on the number of Romney yard signs she'd
seen in Florida. You can check out her pearls of wisdom online; I tried to add
the link, but was unable to do so. And regarding WMD, many of the U.S.
closest allies refused to get involved, because they knew the
'intelligence' had been falsified. Iraq was completely destabilized,
with hundreds of thousands of people driven from their homes, so Mr. Bush could
steal that country's oil. Bush and many of his closest advisors were all
former oil company executives, who used the highest office in the U.S. to
attempt to further enrich themselves. That's the GOP model; Mr. Romney
tried the same thing. Had he been elected, he and his very wealthy cronies would
have become even richer, while the rest of the country suffered.
There is an enormous difference between being wrong about something and lying.
Being wrong is saying something you believe to be true but it turns
out to be wrong when more information becomes available. Bush was wrong about
WMDs in Iraq. Lying is when you know what you are saying is untrue
at the time you are saying it. We now know that Obama lied about everybody being
able to keep their doctors and their insurance in order to get the health care
bill passed and to get reelected.
Kings Court: You are completely mistaken. The WMD reports were completely
based on CIA analysis as well as consensus among many intelligence agencies
around the world including the British, the Russians and the Egyptians. All of
these, as well as others, concluded that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destructions.
Bitter opponents of GWB always make the claim he lied. They refuse to
acknowledge the truth about this issue.
Kings Court: Once again, you are mistaken and apparently drinking the koolaid.
Fast and Furious did NOT start during the Bush Administration. There was
another program that the Obama Administration likes to claim was the start of
Fast and Furious but it was nothing like it and had controls placed on it. You
really need to get yourself better informed and stop watching MSNBC
I like reading about the inside of national politics. I think she was very nice
to the Clintons and Obama, which is how it should be in this sort of forum. From
people that I've met who served in the White House they all talked about
how much GW and W loved their family and truly cared about this great land we
call the United States. They also talked about how Reagan was truly a very good
man as well.While Clinton was very good at what he did. Former aids
have quietly said that he was a moral derelict and that Secret Service agents
really wondered if he was worth saving in the event of a assignation attempt and
that Hillary was very mean to the staff and to Bill. She was also kind to Obama,
most just call him arrogant and weak. As for the WMD thing, lets
just say that I've met many OIF veterans who saw them, saw hard evidence or
saw them moved to Syria and other places. Even Clinton gave several speeches
that he was out to get them.
"US leaders (including Democrats in congress) voted to go to war as nearly a
decade of sanctions were not working." Seriously, not working.
They had crushed the country and the economy. They killed tens of thousands of
Iraquiis. We knew this, and at the same time we didn't have one shred of
evidence that he had WMD's. We suspected. Then Cheney and the
CIA went to work and did in fact concoct lies. The yellow cake, the aluminum
tubes, all lies. Yes they were told the truth and lied. It's uncertain
and probably always will be what Bush knew. It's clear however that he
should have known because down the line they knew. We can talk
about your Obama distortions later but you don't get to re-write Bush
history.BTW, while we're talking about lies and saints, anyone
remember Iran Contra where Regan committed treason and then lied about it?
The SolutionThe part where I do think Bush lied was not about the
WMD, but about what he planned to do after the invasion of Iraq. We all thought
that it was a mission to go in, get the WMD, or determine that Iraq could not
make them, and then get out. This staying around and trying to change the ways
of a culture thousands of years old, was a dumb and naive idea. Bush never
said to the American people that the plan was to occupy Iraq for years and
years. Had he said so, the American people would likely have said no. Much
like if Obama had told the truth about ACA, the American people would likely
have said no. I hate "ends justify the means" policy making, and it is
time the American people demand more honesty from their politicans and
Presidents. Hopefully next time.
@Marxist:"The vast bulk of these injuries were created by the stupid
invasion of Iraq."My daughter did a summer internship for the
government of Jordan teaching English to Iraqi refugees. A woman stood up, in
the class, dressed in the full length robe and veil, and said, "My whole
family was killed in Iraq." And she stood and wept and the other people in
the class didn't know what to do. I don't think Bush lied
about WMD. I think that Rumsfeld and Cheney and the neo-cons may not have lied
either. But in the judgment day they are going to have to face this widow and
saying, "Keeping Americans safe" is not going to cut it.We
should not attack countries that are not at war with us. If we do, we have
moral ownership on everything happens from then on.
" ... They handed him the worst mess since the Great Depression ....
"And Barack Obama has made it 10 times worse. Thank you very
I read the two popular comments, both replying to Kings Court, who said Bush
lied to us about WMDs.Remember, Sadaam had used a WMD (gas) against
Kurdish Iraqis before the war. So the world knew that he had them at one point.
He spent months convincing the world he still had WMDs, and wouldn't let
anyone verify he had destroyed them, as the UN mandated that he do.What about our intelligence network in Iraq? Well, it came out later that it
is so hard to get one set up in the Arab world that we really didn't have
any intelligence assets in that part of the world. I'm not sure we do to
this day, other than our own troops.So, if I tell you I have a gun,
and you tell your mother I have a gun, and it turns out I don't have a gun,
I am flabbergasted by this revision of history. While the health care mess is
troublesome, it doesn't make a ripple compared to the Bushes' invasion
of Iraq. Not very objective, to say the least!
As a Republican apologist, Noonan of course is going to take shots at Obama and
soften the scrutiny of the Bushes. There is no way Obama was going to get the
Republicans on board with national health care: he did what he had to do.
Bipartisanship works if the other party is willing to work with you, but the
party of "no" has made it clear from day one that it has no interest in
BobF2012:And just where are all these oil reserves that Pres. Bush stole?
Why am I still paying over $3 per gallon if we have all these vast stores that
we stole? That is a total lie on your part. Some of us work in the IC and know
that there were in fact WMDs that were transported out of Iraq. Now think about
this... if you know where your enemy transported the WMDs, would you broadcast
to the world that you know where they are just to save face? Then your enemy
would know that they need to move them again and you may lose track of where
they end up. Bush chose the higher road, protecting the US, and he took all the
slander the media and people like you have given him.postaledith:Pres. Bush is not the worst ever, not by a long shot. That honor currently
belongs to Bill Clinton. He is the reason we have the economy problems in the
Many thoughts expressed by both sides are true and factual. Both parties are
corrupt and seldom act except in self serving partisan ways. Lying is knowing
the truth and not telling it to 'we the people'. It is doubtful if we
will ever be given the truth about WMDs that Iraq did or didn't have but ,
in my opinion, those in power acted upon what they were told by the intelligence
committee. Even the senate which heads the Intelligence Committee believed, or
at least told us they believed, the reports of wmds in Iraq. It flabbergasts me
that there is no ground swell by 'we the people' to pass the, oft
talked about 28th Amendment, making our politicans no different than their
BYU is doing a great job of political indoctrination. George Will, Peggy Noonan
-- who's next, the ghost of Warren Harding?
@The SolutionWith that said, there were plenty of reasons to pursue
Sadam Hussein, who was an enemy of our country and freedom.------------------You have to be more speicifc then that. When?
Under Reagan Sadam Hussein was a friend of our coutnry and freedom:
U.N. inspectors had identified many United States manufactured items that
had been exported from the United States to Iraq under licenses issued by the
Department of Commerce... these items were used to further Iraq's chemical
and nuclear weapons development and its missile delivery system development
programs. -- Source: Riegle Report
When I attended BYU we had speakers such as then Vice President Nelson D.
Rockefeller. BYU can and should expand the spectrum of speaker offerings.
"...my beloved Mr. Reagan...".Noonan knew about Ronald
Reagan and the abortion bill he signed in 1967 as GOV. of California which led
to the murder of more than 2,000,000 babies yet she and all Republicans continue
to venerate Ronald Reagan.Anyone who would write speeches for such a
person let alone continue to extoll the virtues of such a person was/is/will
ever be nothing more than a willing accomplice/enabler/apologist.
BYU could do far better than the echo chamber of revisionist history taught at
mainstream neocon media.Uteology Thank you for posting the facts,.
To bad facts that are contrary to their belief system, that is the conservative
religion, will be promptly ignored. And misrepresent is a polite way of saying
he Lied! Also the Kurds were gassed in 1989 when old man bush was
vice president and holding hands walking about smiling with Saddam. Why did we
wait 11 years and not even bring this up during the 1st gulf war? We
dumped 1,000's of tons of Depleted Uranium on Iraq along with our allies,
essentially a dirty bomb, until we got caught, trouble was it didn't
discriminate between our soldiers and the bad guys.Saddam had a big
mouth and didn't want to seem defenseless against Iran after years of our
backing that war.That and being thrust from recipient of cash, weapons,
tech and love from America to leader of the imaginary axis of evil.If you can't see the difference between the 2
"misrepresentations" than you may be doomed.
postaledith actually wrote:"Obama has been given the dirty task
of cleaning up his mess and there have been some positive changes in the
economy, the deficit, and equal rights."Which of the following
are positive?-Real unemployment never dropping below 14%-The FED
artificially propping up the stock market so the rich get richer-Failed
Trillion dollar stimuli-Failed bailouts and protecting the big banks from
their bad business decisions-$7 Trillion in additional National Debt
(deficit)-An ever larger trade imbalance-Increased poverty rolls
with record numbers getting food stamps-Largest ever chasm between the
rich and the poor-Race baiting and racism on the rise, due in part to our
President's inappropriate and slanted comments-A more polarized
society than any time since the 60s-A more polarized Washington than any
time in US history-Failure to deliver on even ONE campaign promise-Multiple scandals and dereliction of duty by his cabinet on many fronts (NSA,
IRS, F&F, Benghazi)-Increase in cronyism (ACA exemptions for his
buddies, congress, cabinet, Solyndra, the new FED Chief to succeed Bernanke)What about our rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?
All infringed by Obama.Worst. President. Ever.
Makes me wonder why I should continue to have anything to do with BYU or its
"You lie"Who? Politicians? No.....Did Barack
Hussein Obama lie to get elected? yes, as much as Peggy Nooan and her ex-boss
did: "Read my lips: no new taxes" said George H. W. Bush
said at the 1988 Republican National Convention as he accepted the nomination on
August 18. The speech was written by Peggy Noonan... The pledge not
to tax the American people further had been a consistent part of Bush's
1988 election platform... The impact of the election promise was considerable,
and many supporters of Bush believe it helped Bush win the 1988 presidential
election...Once he became president, however, Bush raised taxes as a
way to reduce the national budget deficit.
@J-TXDude, put down your tin foil hat and step away from
conservative talk radio.But I have to admit the following made me
smile:"Race baiting and racism on the rise, due in part to our
President's inappropriate and slanted comments"Have you
read Brigham Young's comments on race?
TMR The party of NO these days has been the Democrats in the Senate. Harry
Reid is saying no to any bill brought from the House that will help fix the
problems in the ACA. So just who is it that is not compromising now? The
chicken or the egg?LiberalEastCoastMemberI can't believe
how some posters are blowing a gasket over a couple of conservative speakers at
BYU. Universities all over America hear from the left every day, and yet if
some conservative shows up, they likely get shouted down. Send a leftie to BYU,
and maybe they won't get much audience, but at least they will be able to
BYU is the only place where she'd get any play. They are perfect for each
BTW, I know most LDS Repubs venerate Reagan, but he began the ridiculous
Trillion dollar deficit spending that today threatens to undermine our economy
and our future. Every President since has deficit spent more Trillions, except
during the 5 years that Clinton balanced the budget.
Here is something to think about: when Obama lied - nobody died. I wish I could
say the same about "W"
To happy2behere: I have no idea what the chicken and egg have to do with the
issue, but on the whole, the GOP has well earned its brand of "no, no,
no." I am not suggesting that the Democratic party scores well on this
point, but I was simply providing context by which to measure the fairness or
lack thereof in Noonan's criticism.As a professor in what you
likely would consider a "liberal" university, I can assure you that
conservatives often speak and they are not shouted down. I have children who
attend and have attended BYU: the university does a lot of things well, but it
would be well served by mixing it up a bit on the political biases of its major
speakers. It would be good for the kids and good for the image of BYU.
Has anyone thought about reasons leading up to the Iraq war. Time for a little
refresher course. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait unprovoked why because he wanted
their oil. George Hershel Bush formed a coalition with other nations to remove
Saddam's army from both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and that stopped
Saddam's ambitions to take over the oil in the Middle East. Lets not forget
the Scud missile's launched at Israel by Saddam Hussein also unprovoked.
Let not forget that Saddam also even after a severe punishment from the
coalition he still was a threat to the peace in the Middle East. Let not forget
that President George Walker Bush went to the Senators and Congress to get the
support for the Iraqi War the Majority voted to support the war even many
Democrat's believed the Saddam had weapons of Mass destruction and the war
was approved. My question is why are we blaming President George Walker Bush for
a war that was approved by the majority of our legislators. Besides is there
anyone out there that does not believe that removing Saddam Hussein from power
was the right thing to do. Sincerely, Trenton Spears
RE: twospears " My question is why are we blaming President George Walker
Bush for a war that was approved by the majority of our legislators." Good
point. I don't blame W. exclusively. Both parties went along with that
war. I signed a pledge that I would never vote for anybody who voted for that
war, i.e. Jim Matheson. I've kept my word!
The reason Iran is so obnoxious today is because their natural enemy, Iraq, was
neutralized by Bush and his cronies. Iraq kept Iran in line.
Obama is in his 2nd term. Sorry, you lost.
To tesuji and all of you disparaging BYU for bringing in a conservative
speaker;The Church endorses no political candidates or parties and
encourages its members to examine the issues carefully before voting. BYU has a
great track record of bringing in both liberal and conservative speakers. I
personally watched Harry Reid give a forum address in the Marriott Center and he
received a very polite, cordial and warm response. There are many more examples
that I could list. Please don't base your mockery on anecdotal evidence.
"She spoke lovingly of the elder President Bush...but said his kindness
sometimes led to missed opportunities, such as when the Berlin Wall fell and he
refused to "rub it in" the noses of Soviet leaders by making a major
speech.""Rubbing it in" is not the attribute of a good
leader, a statesman or a good Christian, all of which Republicans claim Bush Sr.
to be.This sounds like a sophomoric cheerleading rally rather than a
presentation of intellectual idea that are good for the country.
What a load of rubbish. If this woman were genuine in her promotion of unity,
then she would not have made such a partisan speech. Government is
the people. Us. All of us. Let's get back to E pluribus unum and can the
talking heads with their unilateral, self-serving agendas.
Irony GuyBountiful, UtahBYU is doing a great job of political
indoctrination. George Will, Peggy Noonan -- who's next, the ghost of
Warren Harding?8:27 a.m. Nov. 20, 2013--- LiberalEastCoastMemberParkesburg, PAMakes me wonder why I should
continue to have anything to do with BYU or its sponsoring organization.9:14 a.m. Nov. 20, 2013=========== Agreed.If this is what BYU is espousing, perhaps they should just all
drop out of college like their AM radio talkshow hosts did.
@ Tom in CA, I guess you haven't checked the numbers for the economy. Like
someone pointed out, with the Dow double what it was, Obama is the worst
Socialist ever! LOL!!
To "J-TX" lets look at history a bit closer. First, when Reagan was
asked about some of the mistakes that he made during his Presidency, he said
that one of his biggest mistakes was that he believed the Democrats that
promised to cut spending. Reagans fault was that he actually trusted the
Democrats to do what they promised to do.Next, the budget has not
been balanced since 1967. According to the GAO, the smallest deficit during the
Clinton years was about $23 billion.
I'm sure glad someone around here is finally stepping up and calling out Mr
Obama. I wish someone would investigate and report on Benghazi. That didn't
get near the attention it needed to. In fact I think it should get the same
amount of attention that all the other embassy attacks got from 2000 to 2008.
Gosh Peg, you know so much why don't you run for president. I bet
you'd be just perfect!
What is wrong with BYU?!! It is not good that an institution of higher learning
continues to give a soap box to only one political point of view, and the wrong
one at that.
It's not fair! Why can't BYU be like 99 % of the other universities
and invite only people from MSNBC and the Democratic Parties approved speaker
list? Why, by allowing people like Noonan and Will to speak, those poor BYU
students might--gasp!--get the message that Karl Marx isn't the one and
true God of the earth! Even worse, they might not want to chant
hymns of praise to Obama! Inconceivable! Free Speech means listening only to
leftists, we all know that! If people actually get a chance to hear someone who
is to the right of Lenin, they might start thinking troubling thoughts!
Don't they know that leftism is the only true and valid way of thinking?
Liberalism is the only possible answer, the savior of us all? We
should pass a law forbidding anyone not on a list prepared by Valerie Jarret
from ever addressing a body of students again! How else will our rising
generation know where to find the truth? After all, freedom of speech is only to
be used as long as it's not hate speech, or racist speech, and any
opposition to liberal mantras is by definition hate or racist.
BYU seems to be about as "Fair and Balanced" as FoxNews.
twspears6007 So Both Bushes lied and you believed them, Good for you. To bad
your facts leave out all the nasty little details. Like Kuwait drilling under
the border and Saddam asking America if they would interfere if he attacked
KuwaitBush told him no, than the Saudi's called in a favor, and from
ally to #1 threat in 3..2..1. So we dumped 1,000 of tons of Depleted Uranium on
Iraq oh and our men (Gulf Syndrome) or Dirty bombed a country who we formerly
paid to stay at war with Iran. And then the story continues with more deception
and lies and the right continues to defend the warmongers.
Bush was wrong about WMD in Iraq, as were most everyone else with the same
information that he had. At the time, everyone thought Iraq had WMD. Bush did
not lie about it, unless everyone else who was wrong (based on bad information)
was also lying. Being wrong about something is not the same thing as lying.Obama,on the other hand, has lied about Obmamacare. It is his baby, his
crown jewel of his presidency. And he blatantly lied about it. If he didn't
know what was actually in the law, then I guess he didn't lie, but he was
criminally negligent about it. He should know what is in the law that is
supposed to be the defining part of his presidency. So either way, it is not
fair to say that Bush and Iraq is the same as Obama and health care. Although
Bush is not without fault in the way he treated the Iraq situation, Obama is far
worse with Obamacare. Obama lied, Bush acted based on the best information
available to him (and anyone) at that time, and it turned out that the
information was wrong.
Surprising to hear so many people critical of Ms. Noonan,
Republicans/Conservatives and BYU for hosting way too many conservative figures
vs. so few liberals. Surprising, but VERY comforting, because it appears DN
readers are starting to really use their heads.I have two degrees
from BYU, and I am so grateful for my BYU education. But I was there when Helen
Thomas spoke at BYU (before her anti-Jewish statements controversy) and was
booed extremely loudly. Harry Reid spoke at BYU a few years ago and was roundly
booed at a less-than-full Marriott Center, which was (1) super-partisan, because
Mr. Reed is the most powerful Mormon politician ever, and should be honored by
our faith's university as such; and (2) extremely classless, because
he's a CONVERT to our faith, and should NEVER have been treated that way by
good latter-day saints.I am a former Republican, and I mean it when
I say I didn't leave the Republican Party -- the Republican Party left me.
I eagerly await the day the Republican party rights itself so I can come back.
HURRY UP PLEASE!
To "LDS Liberal" since when are Universities supposed to be "fair
and balanced"? Right now most universities are heavily biased towards
liberalism. Are you saying that you want to have about 22% of all college
profesors fired and replaced with conservatives? Read "College Faculties A
Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds" in the Washington Post. They find that 72%
of professors are liberals. So, to make things balanced we should fire at least
22% of them and replace them with conservatives.Is that what you
really want? Or are really using the whole "fair and balanced" argument
as a shield so that you can further indoctrinate college kids with liberal
Let see the argument is both bushes lied about Iraq. If anyone can openly say
the removing Saddam Hussein was a bad thing they are either naive or not a
student of true history. When Dictator Manual Noriega was removed from Panama I
did not hear much from the liberals and Democrat's they thought it was a
good thing. What was his crime, killing his enemies, drug trafficking and
extortion. When Saddam Hussein was removed his crimes were using WMD poison gas
against his own people the northern Kurds. People were tortured and imprisoned
and killed for political reasons and although the Sunnis were the minority the
Shiites the majority were persecuted for their religious beliefs. Anyone that
beliefs that Iraq held or could hold Iran in check is living in a fantasy world.
Anyone that believes that the US should stand by and let dangerous Dictators
destroy world peace is sadly mistaken. Unfortunately peace must be fought and
some must die for. If anyone believes that peace comes without death or
sacrifice history does not support this thinking. Everyone commenting on this
web site are free because someone fought and died for them please enjoy your
There's something obnoxious about Noonan's statement that President
Obama is "confident, very confident, very, very confident." Sure the
president has a confident demeanor, but I wouldn't go so far as to repeat
the words "confident" and "very" three times each. President Reagan was also extremely confident and he was praised for it; Obama
not so much. In other words, when white men are confident, they're
confident; when black men are confident, they're uppity.
Are there still people who think Bush didn't lie about the WMD? I
don't think there are many outside of conservative enclaves. The
intelligence simply wasn't there, as evidenced by the fact that many of the
U.S.'s most trusted allies took a pass on the Iraqi misadventure, and that
no WMDs were found. Don't you think that, if Iraq had such weapons, it
would have used them against the invading U.S. troops?President Bush was
certainly an intellectual lightweight, but, like Mr. Romney, his eye was always
on the bottom line: the almighty dollar. So what if a few hundred thousand
people die? Is there an opportunity to make a profit? President Obama is
not the super-hero his most ardent fans believe him to be, but when I think of
the two people he ran against - John McCain and Mitt Romney - I'm SO glad
he's in the White House.Why doesn't BYU invite Hillary Clinton
so speak there? Or Elizabeth Warren?
It is shameful that only 1500 students were present. I'm disappointed in
the university leadership and faculty.
King's Court, Bush hasn't been the president for 6 years. Was Colin
Powell a liar when he outlined the intelligence to the U.N? Were the
inteligence people in France, England, Canada, Russia, etc all lying when they
said that there were WMD's (documented usage by the way) in Iraq? Get off
of your Ted Kennedy liberal talking points high horse.Remember Nancy
Pelosi famously said, "We have to pass it to know what's in it."
That is how Obama and company work. No working with the other side. No
compromise. No input.I'm going to watch Noonan's speech
when it shows up on BYUTV. I watched George Will's. It was awesome.
I'm sure that her's will be also.
I am always amazed, but never surprised, at how poorly informed liberals are.
They make up facts, tell them to each other until they all think they are true.
There is no point discussing errors in the many liberal comments. Liberals
won't or can't listen to the truth. There is no doubt that President
Bush could have done some things better as we can say of all of us. The sad
thing is that as our country is slipping down the drain, we have to drag up old
worn out babble about the past rather than deal with the future. I only wish I
lived a bit closer so I could have heard her speech.
Context Uteology, context. What Brigham Young said about race 150 years ago
reflected the times that he lived in. In his day, is comments were mainstream.
Quit pulling stuff out of the dark place and spouting them as truth. Kinda like
the "100,000 Iraqis dead". Where did you get that number? You get your
tinfoil hat off. Unfortunately war kills people and sometimes innocent people
are killed. Our military generally didn't go out head hunting in Iraq.I guess you are all for the firebombing of Dresden and Tokyo during WW
II, eh? I'd say that in those two raids, way more innocent civilians were
killed by our military than in Iraq. Does the fact that Roosevelt and Truman
were in charge at the time make any moral difference? At the time, the decision
to bomb those two cities to hasten the end of the war seemed to be the right
thing. As was dropping the two A-Bombs on Japan. Through the moral perspective
of 2013, they don't appear to be right. Through the moral perspective of a
world war in 1945 they were right. Context.
It is funny to me that people on the left say people on the right are Kool-Aid
drinkers, when they have heard that line used so many times by the left wing
media that I don't think they know what it means. It means to repeat
something from a main stream source (like the left wing media) without doing the
research on your own to find out the truth of a statement. Like all of the
materials needed to create WMDs found but not reported by the left so they can
make themselves look like the good guys. Now someone who thinks for themselves
looks at the facts about a President who came right out and said that he may
have mis-spoke when he said that you could keep your plan. In other words,
"I told you a lie to pass this bill".
@twspears6007Bakersfield, CAWhen Dictator Manual Noriega was
removed from Panama I did not hear much from the liberals and Democrat's
they thought it was a good thing.When Saddam Hussein was removed his
crimes were using WMD poison gas against his own people the northern Kurds. If anyone believes that peace comes without death or sacrifice history
does not support this thinking. Everyone commenting on this web site are free
because someone fought and died for them please enjoy your Freedom2:26 p.m. Nov. 20, 2013======= 1. Saddam Hussein NEVER
attacked America. He didn't have WMDs, and he hadn't used chemical
weapons on the Kurds on over 13 years. Do you still feel we were justified
attacking, invading and occupying a dictator we put in place, turned rougue on
us, who just "haapened" to be sitting on a bunch of Oil?2. I
served in the military under Reagan, and was deployed to Panama TWICE during
Noriega.3. As a veteran, I don't recall ever fighting defending
the Constitution, or Freedoms speech, assemble, religion, press, etc. butI spent plenty of time on military boon-doggles fighting for
NON-Americans at U.S. tax-payers expense.
Like her opinions or not (I happen to like many of them), Peggy Noonan is a
clear thinker and excellent writer.
Peggy can't help it. It's the Kool-Aid additives. And all who pick a
flavor remain stuck in that ideology, if they never go natural.I
drank the Kool-Aid for over 35 years. I was raised on it, weened to it, knew
nothing different. Everyone I loved and respected drank it, so I became
addicted. It colored my world-view from religion to politics.But I
discovered that people on all sides of the spectrum who were addicted to a
particular flavor, simply espoused the ideals of their flavor. Growing up LDS/Democrat in L.A.'s '60-'70's was strange.
My cohorts gave my "Mormon racism" (their term) a pass because I was an
ardent activist. Then they got furious when I questioned their blind allegiance
to every immoral ideology simply because it was stamped by our fave KA flavor
leaders.I noted their KA addiction prevented their objectivity. So
I made a radical decision to 'try' BYU for a year. Remaining in
lockstep with those leading KA Stirrers, I was BWOC...But switch
flavors and you'll lose comprades in either camp. Go natural and
you'll be locked out of the tent.
She is wrong about one major point. She says that Obama didn't get with the
opposing party and get them on his side. The woman clearly remembers only what
she wants. How many times did Obama ask for input from Republicans? Republicans
fixed their minds on one thing and that was the downfall of Obama. If somebody
can't see that, they are blind! They have been frantic to see him fail!
There hasn't been anything like it before! Another thing, it isn't
over yet. Obamacare isn't history yet. I think, considering just how many
people opposed everything he has done, Obama has been a good president. He has
had the guts to try and he hasn't let the tea party zealots win! He has
also fought for the American people and it is sad that people rip him apart for
it. Imagine how much better things could have been if Republicans actually did
their part. Republicans are the ones who have failed. Looking back it should be
clearer just how little they have done! This woman should run. She wouldn't
make any mistakes, would she.
Boy, you've got drink some serious Kool-Aid to use George Bush Jr as an
example of bipartisanship. I get a sugar high just thinking about it.
RFLASH--nicely said. Obama reached out to Republicans repeatedly. He reached out
to Republicans by using a Republican-authored, market-based model for the ACA,
which in the Republican mind, makes him a socialist. I have only one comment
about that: LOL!
Context, Flashback? Facts, Flashback, facts. And BYoung's
statements and prohibitions were echoed and acquiesced to by every subsequent
leader for the next 133 years. Cultural bias or popular context/usage does not
make a practice right. Example: Either the N word is wrong for all, or its
disparaging definition and origin still disparages all users.=====2-headed: 1- Noonan's obnoxious repetition was
meant to emphasize our President's (obnoxious) over-confidence. Not all in
"Backo" have forgotten paragraph indention or rhetorical implication for
impact. It was an over-statement of the obvious, irrespective of epidural
tone.2- Last time I checked my biology books, confidence/pride/smug
upittiness were human characteristics which skip no race, color or creed. Using your (flawed) logic, anyone who points out Reagan's
confidence hates white men. Registered Independent for over 25
years, I have voted for several Black candidates, all extremely confident
(isn't an unconfident politician an oxymoron?), from different parties and
platforms. Race never entered my mind: from Alan Keyes to AC, Herman Cain to
BHO. It was all about ideology or who could beat that white liberal woman who
believes in that vast RWing conspiracy.
AS I remember it the President did try to engage the Repubs, but their attitude
from the getgo was to defeat Obama in the next election. They were not going to
cooperate with anything he tried to do.
As I read the article, I thought that the speaker was critical of just about
everyone. I think she was trying to point out what could have been better in
each presidency, and for that matter, what worked. Then, all of a sudden,
we've got a war about WMDs in Iraq and which president lied more than the
other.I dare say that this country has gone from being a Republic vs
Democrat mentality to a Citizen vs the government society. More and more, the
party labels serve only to function for the purposes of elections - but once in
office, its a good 'ole boys club lets see how much money we can extract
from the population to ensure our retirement and re-election.
If only Peggy's audience and the devout posters here would vett their own
heritage and history with the same objectivity and tenacity...
The article talks about how Noonan showed the weaknesses and flaws of the last 5
presidents and what they didn't learn from their predecessors. The headline
though shows the bias so many pander to here in Utah.
Shazandra—--“Last time I checked … confidence/pride/smug
upittiness were human characteristics which skip no race, color or
creed.”--I don’t dispute that confidence is a
transracial characteristic. My point was simply that Reagan is praised and Obama
criticized for the same quality. --“Using your (flawed) logic,
anyone who points out Reagan's confidence hates white men.”--That would be true only if white men shared the black man’s
history of racial oppression. Don't try to even a historically uneven
playing field by insisting that I be unfair to Reagan in the same way Noonan is
unfair to Obama. And if you’ll recall, I did not criticize Reagan for his
confidence. I pointed out Noonan's apparent double standard. You're trying to argue that you and Noonan find Obama’s confidence
“obnoxious,” not for any racial animus, but simply because it is.
That line of reasoning would be plausible if a pattern of similar verbal
assaults on Obama’s confidence were not on record.
2-headed:All the best, but flawed. Been there, done that. Race
baiting at its worst.What about all the Black Conservatives and
Repubs who agree? Do they hate their own race?Cocky, arrogant,
flawed, manipulative: that describes plenty of politicians, regardless of their
race, history, silver-spooned or povertied heritage.Honesty, facts
and truth trump context or the Straw Man ruse every time. Perception is a major
factor in voting, as well as prejudices. They both exist, independent of the
ulvegaardMedical Lake, WashingtonAs I read the article, I thought
that the speaker was critical of just about everyone.======= She's just following the same formula used by FoxsNews and AM radio
-- 1. Talk about patriotism and love of country, 2. identify
those who do not share your narrow opinions, and then villify them, 3.
begin blaming them [and only them] for every conceiveable ill, flaw, or whoa.4. Fertilize with Fear about what will happen next if left unchecked5.
Whip up the angry mob and spring into action.It worked well for
30-minute info-mercials, burning witches and and Nazi Germany.
Pagan, yes, Obama won the 2012 election. But information forms opinions, and
opinions support votes. Recent polls suggest if held today, the election would
go to Romney. One of those polls asked that question specifically, and the
result was Romney 53%, Obama 47%.LDS Liberal, over the years
I've seen very few stories from ABC/CBS/NBC disparaging Democrats, even
when they were caught with classified documents in their shorts, but Fox
doesn't hesitate to report the facts when a Republican does something
wrong. Frankly, I take all the news broadcasters with a big grain of salt. Fox
just doesn't seem to varnish things nearly as much as the others.
"The biggest mistake of Mr. Obama's presidency was not winning over any
of the opposing party on the central endeavor of his entire presidency, and that
is ObamaCare. … Now Mr. Obama is in a fix with no one to help him
out."Mr Obama had no intention of even trying to win over the
GOP. Mr Obama ignorantly assumed he didn't need them. I think what we see
in Obama is just a man whom was never meant to govern ...period. The man never
governed or led anything in his life ....no experience as a leader and we are
all paying for that mistake over and over again.
marxist:Over 75% of the casualties in Afghanistan were under the
watch of your lord and master, Barack Obama. He and people like you were so
indignant at Bush, that when Obama got into office, he ended up allowing 3x as
many casualties as Bush ever did, while Obama supporters became curiously
silent. I will not be lectured to by leftists over dead Americans.
Alex 1 wrote: Over 75% of the casualties in Afghanistan were under the watch of
your lord and master, Barack Obama.First we have Presidents not lord
& masters in this nation. Second, these wars continued under
Obama but he did not start them. So he could not just up and order the troops
out of those countries without disastrous result. Results which I am sure would
be thrown in his face by the right-wing. Your comments on the war casualties
demonstrate you have little knowledge of consequences and seek to use our war
dead as a prop to bash a President you do not agree with. @ Patriot
- Your comments on Fox News made me laugh so hard I think I pulled a muscle.
I voted for Goldwater, Reagan, Nixon, Bush I (first term), Bush II (first term).
I've voted straight Democratic since Bush II's second term. I'm
still a registered Republican. But I despise the GOP today. The Party of Stupid
was able to carry only the Confederacy and the government-hating cowboys in
Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.I campaigned for Romney in 2008. I supported
his immigration policy and his healthcare plan. When Obama adopted Romney's
plan, I cheerfully switched to campaigning for the moderate Obama. Yes moderate.
You GOP stalwarts are on the extreme right wing of American politics. Luckily,
you make up only about 25% of the population with the center at 55% and the
progressives at about 20% on the left.Guess what. Obama won twice.
ACA was validated by Obama's victory. The GOP has been actively trying to
undo the ACA since it was passed. Whatever happened to Democracy? The Majority
of the people voted FOR Obama and the ACA. You lost. Now it's time to get
on board and fix the bugs. It is the law of the land. Get over it.
If "43" lied about Iraq having WMDs, then others did too, including
Hilary Clinton and our present Secretary of State, John Kerry. Or else,
information that was available to President George W. Bush was withheld from
them. I am not sure that that claim was ever made, even by them. They simply
called Bush a liar, and now cringe when their president is.On the
other hand, President Obama told the American people that information about the
possibility of the ACA website failing was not made available to him...,the old
political stunt of "plausible deniability" in his case, and just about
almost anything his administration is the same. But, he must be a good golfer
or a scholar, even though that information is withheld from us.
Kings Court........name one intelligence agency from any country that
didn't believe Saddam had WMD's....including the United Nations.
That's why resolution after resolution was passed by the security council
trying to force Iraq to comply with inspectors. It never happened.To say Bush lied, is a lie.
To "BlueHusky" what you say about the ACA could be said about Jim Crow
laws, abortion laws, voting laws, and so many other things. If a law is a bad
law, we should fight to have it removed regardless of who implemented it, and if
the courts have declared it legal.
UN Weapons Inspectors left Iraq 1998.Oct 16 2002 Iraq War Resolution Nov 27 2002 UN Weapons Inspectors returned to IraqMarch 7 2003 UN
Weapons Inspectors report:"There is no indication of resumed
nuclear activities in those buildings that were identified through the use of
satellite imagery as being reconstructed or newly erected since 1998, nor any
indication of nuclear-related prohibited activities at any inspected sites.There is no indication that Iraq has attempted to import uranium since
1990.There is no indication that Iraq has attempted to import aluminium
tubes for use in centrifuge enrichment. Moreover, even had Iraq pursued such a
plan, it would have encountered practical difficulties in manufacturing
centrifuges out of the aluminium tubes in question.After three
months of intrusive inspections, we have to date found no evidence or plausible
indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq."IAEA
Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei"Inspections in Iraq resumed, In matters
relating to process, we have faced relatively few difficulties...How much
time would it take to resolve the key remaining disarmament tasks? ... It would
not take years, nor weeks, but months."Hans Blix UN InspectorMarch 20 2003 Iraq War begins
Truthseeker! Stop it. Can't you see they have their fingers in their ears
and are sing songing, "nyah nyah nyah we can't hear you."There is absolutely no question the Bush administration was trying to make the
strongest case possible to go to war with Iraq, even if that meant dismissing
what the intelligence community was telling them and out and out lying about
Iraq's WMDs. Don't believe me? Go research Collin
Powell's key speech to the UN, and what the intelligence community was
actually telling him about it when they vetted it before he gave it. The
intelligence community memos with what they were saying are public record.
Good stuff on these boards. People arguing and making good points here and there
on different levels. From one point of view or persuasion one view point might
be favorable. People with different experiences personal and professional speak
about what they think is the best. It goes on and on. This is the
first time in the while I have come to the political news section on Dnews, and
for some reason I feel right at home... oh yea I have been on the BYU/UTAH
threads and they are basically the same thing. A bunch of people with different
opinions spouting about pointless things.