Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lies, per Usual

Everyone lies (especially politicos) but the damn lies are lately coming from the left. The latest is from Arianna Huffpo re Iraq in a smear of Joe Lieberman.

Here's some truth for the head Huffster--of course Saddam used WMDs. Of course WMDs were found, buried in shells scattered around the desert. Of course he didn't have an active program, but was trying to get out from under the sanctions to re-start another program, exactly that the Duelfer report stated. And no, she has not read the report or she would have noticed this key finding (emphasis added):
Saddam wanted to recreate Iraq’s WMD capability—which was essentially destroyed in 1991—after sanctions were removed and Iraq’s economy stabilized, but probably with a different mix of capabilities to that which previously existed. Saddam aspired to develop a nuclear capability—in an incremental fashion, irrespective of international pressure and the resulting economic risks—but he intended to focus on ballistic missile and tactical chemical warfare (CW) capabilities.
...or maybe things like this (taken from a captured Iraqi presidential recording):
Saddam: We will never lower our heads as long as we are alive, even if we have to destroy everybody.
But it doesn't matter, it's all about political victories. She declares he's wrong, a loon, then slaps up a headline of "clueless Joe" and goes whistling on her way, condemning the poisonous rhetoric with a smile while knowing she won't be fact-checked on the evening news.

The rabble rousers have apparently been alerted and instructed--do anything to derail the new Congress. Anything, including accusing the right of murdering people through free speech or comparing them to Nazis or murderers when they oppose Obama policy. They know accusations about Nazis, Palin, birtherism, or no WMDs in Iraq really gets the right in a lather, and they know why--because their repertoire of commentary is almost complete and total BS.

But they also know it drives conservatives absolutely nuts. They know conservatives are more troubled by lying or the use of an ends justify means strategy, and they know that if conservatives are out defending all these things they aren't making the case for repealing Obamacare, cutting the budget or unearthing scandals. Sinister stuff but really just politics as usual--and something Boehner has to ignore.

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