Oh yeah, that democracy March 18, 2006Posted by nukemhill in Uncategorized, WoT.
From Best of the Web, a nice set of quotes that pretty much sums up the Left’s selective amnesia about Bush’s many justifications for invading Iraq, made before the actual invasion, not after the fact. Even better, it’s all brought to us by the New York Times:
“President Bush sketched an expansive vision last night of what he expects to accomplish by a war in Iraq. Instead of focusing on eliminating weapons of mass destruction, or reducing the threat of terror to the United States, Mr. Bush talked about establishing a ‘free and peaceful Iraq’ that would serve as a ‘dramatic and inspiring example’ to the entire Arab and Muslim world, provide a stabilizing influence in the Middle East and even help end the Arab-Israeli conflict.”–editorial, New York Times, Feb. 27, 2003
“One prominent neoconservative, Francis Fukuyama, asserts in a new book that the administration embraced democracy as a cornerstone of its policy only after the failure to find unconventional weapons in Iraq. The issue was seized upon to justify the war in retrospect, and then expanded for other countries, he says.”–New York Times, March 17, 2006
An argument I’ve had with many “left-of-center” anti-Bushies has been over this very thing. They absolutely insist that Bush never, ever, ever, ever, in a million gazillion years, said that promoting democracy was part of the justification of the invasion. Never, never, never! Bush Lied!!!!
Like I said: selective amnesia.