Bush Takes Out WAPO & Sen. Levin. Who's Next?
PRESIDENT BUSH ADDRESSES TROOPS IN ALASKA,
VOWS TO KEEP FIGHTING,
President Bush Goes on Offense Against Democrat Revisionism:
Friday November 11- Confronts the false allegations of the Democrats
Saturday November 12- Corrects Teddy Kennedy
Sunday November 13- Corrects the liberal Washington Post
Monday November 14- Corrects Senator Carl Levin
Monday November 14 (PM)- Continues to confront false allegations
President Bush contines to hammer away at the faulty, unpatriotic(?) and liberal arguments by the leading Democrats and the leading voices in their liberal media world. As President Bush said in his Veterans Day Speech on Friday, November 11th, the Democrats want to rewrite history on prewar intelligence, when the Democrats saw the same evidence, said the same things, and voted the same way.
From the White House on Sunday November 13, 2005:
Setting the Record Straight: The Washington Post On Pre-War Intelligence
The Washington Post Implies That The Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) Was Superior To The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Given To Congress. “But Bush does not share his most sensitive intelligence, such as the President’s Daily Brief, with lawmakers. Also, the National Intelligence Estimate summarizing the intelligence community’s views about the threat from Iraq was given to Congress just days before the vote to authorize the use of force in that country.” (Dana Milbank And Walter Pincus, “Asterisks Dot White House’s Iraq Argument,” The Washington Post, 11/12/05)
But The PDB Was The Focus Of Intelligence Reform And Was More “Problematic” Than The NIE Given To Congress.
The Washington Post Implies That There Have Been No Findings On The Use Of Intelligence. “But the only committee investigating the matter in Congress, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has not yet done its inquiry into whether officials mischaracterized intelligence by omitting caveats and dissenting opinions. And Judge Laurence H. Silberman, chairman of Bush’s commission on weapons of mass destruction, said in releasing his report on March 31, 2005: ‘Our executive order did not direct us to deal with the use of intelligence by policymakers, and all of us were agreed that that was not part of our inquiry.'” (Dana Milbank And Walter Pincus, “Asterisks Dot White House’s Iraq Argument,” The Washington Post, 11/12/05)
But Congressional And Independent Committees Have Repeatedly Reported No Distortion Of Intelligence
* The Bipartisan Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Report “Did Not Find Any Evidence” Of Attempts To Influence Analysts To Change Intelligence.
* The Robb-Silberman Commission Finds “No Evidence Of Political Pressure.
* The British Butler Report Finds “No Evidence” Of Intelligence Distortion.
From the White House on Monday November 15, 2005:
Making the Liberal Senators Stay Honest
Sen. Levin (D-MI) Tries To Separate Iraq From The War On Terror. SEN. LEVIN: “But before the war, the President was saying that you cannot distinguish between Saddam Hussein and Iraq. As a matter of fact, he said that so often that he tried to connect Saddam Hussein with the attackers on us, on 9/11, so often, so frequently and so successfully, even though it was wrong, that the American people overwhelmingly thought, because of the President’s misstatements that as a matter of fact, Saddam Hussein had participated in the attack on us on 9/11. That was a deception. That was clearly misinformation. It had a huge effect on the American people.” (CNN’s “American Morning,” 11/14/05)
But Sen. Levin And Other Democrats Previously Said That Iraq Was A Part Of The War On Terror.
* Sen. Levin: “The War Against Terrorism Will Not Be Finished As Long As [Saddam Hussein] Is In Power.” (CNN’s “Late Edition,” 12/16/01)
* Sen. Levin: “We Begin With The Common Belief That Saddam Hussein Is A Tyrant And A Threat To The Peace And Stability Of The Region.” (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 9/19/02)
* Sen. Clinton (D-NY): “[Saddam] Has Also Given Aid, Comfort, And Sanctuary To Terrorists, Including Al-Qaida Members, Though There Is Apparently No Evidence Of His Involvement In The Terrible Events Of September 11, 2001. … This Much Is Undisputed.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Congressional Record, 10/10/02, p. S10288)
* Sen. Kerry (D-MA) Says Saddam Hussein Is Part Of The “Global Menace” Of Terrorism. CNN’S LARRY KING: “What about enhancing this war, Senator Kerry. What are your thoughts on going further than Afghanistan, all terrorist places …” KERRY: “Oh, I think we clearly have to keep the pressure on terrorism globally. This doesn’t end with Afghanistan by any imagination. And I think the president has made that clear. I think we have made that clear. Terrorism is a global menace. It’s a scourge. And it is absolutely vital that we continue, for instance, Saddam Hussein.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 12/14/01)
Sen. Levin Admits That Democrats Also Believed That Saddam Hussein Had Weapons Of Mass Destruction (WMD). SEN. LEVIN: “You know, the administration continues to talk about everybody believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. That is true, but that isn’t the issue.” (CNN’s “American Morning,” 11/14/05)
* Sen. Clinton: “In The Four Years Since The Inspectors, Intelligence Reports Show That Saddam Hussein Has Worked To Rebuild His Chemical And Biological Weapons Stock, His Missile Delivery Capability, And His Nuclear Program. … It Is Clear, However, That If Left Unchecked, Saddam Hussein Will Continue To Increase His Capability To Wage Biological And Chemical Warfare And Will Keep Trying To Develop Nuclear Weapons.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Congressional Record, 10/10/02, p. S10288)
* Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV): “There Is Unmistakable Evidence That Saddam Hussein Is Working Aggressively To Develop Nuclear Weapons. And Will Likely Have Nuclear Weapons Within The Next Five Years. And Then Could Have It Earlier If He’s Able To Obtain Materials On The Outside Market Which Is Possible. Difficult But Possible.” (Sen. John Rockefeller, Congressional Record, 10/10/02, Pg.S10306)
* Sen. Kerry: “According To The CIA’s Report, All U.S. Intelligence Experts Agree That Iraq Is Seeking Nuclear Weapons. There Is Little Question That Saddam Hussein Wants To Develop Nuclear Weapons.” (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 10/9/02, pp. S10172-10173)
* Rep. Pelosi (D-CA): “Saddam Hussein Certainly Has Chemical And Biological Weapons. There’s No Question About That.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 11/17/02)
And, tonight President Bush is continuing to move forward with his campaign to set the record straight on prewar intelligence with his talk in Alaska. Michelle Malkin has more on his talk.
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