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The Liberals' Never-Ending Lines of Defense

Wednesday, 11 June 2003 12:00 AM

The current hysteria about the failure up until now to uncover Saddam's cache of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) is a perfect example of the second, third, fourth and endless lines of defense to which liberals retreat.

In this case the first liberal lie was the false claim that if the U.S. went to war with Iraq without U.N. approval, the entire world would turn on us. When the administration managed to gain the support of a few dozen nations, the libs fell back to the equally false claim that the war would result in hundreds of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi casualties, with the body bags coming home by the shipload.

In addition, the war would last for months at the very least, and Iraq would be reduced to rubble and the entire Arab "street" would rise up and smite us with their deadly scimitars. The "street," incidentally, turned out to be skid row.

When the attack was launched and U.S. and British forces moved hundreds of miles into Iraq with blinding speed in a few days and then stopped for re-supply or were momentarily stymied by sandstorms, the left told us we were in a "quagmire."

When, within another week, we were at the gates of Baghdad and had taken the airport they warned that a terrible battle with the Republican Guard divisions was about to erupt and kill countless numbers of Americans.

It just went on and on. With each coalition victory, the liberals came up with all sorts of new predictions of doom and gloom. We were winning the war with record speed and few casualties and this was something the left simply could not abide.

The next reason to trash the Bush administration and the war was the "looting" of Baghdad in the wake of the coalition victory, especially the looting of 170,000 priceless and irreplaceable historical artifacts from the Baghdad museum.

Oops, that turned out to be slightly overstated, by about 167,000 or so artifacts. Just about all of the key artifacts were found to be safe and sound – not looted but hidden away by museum staff. Oh well, time for another retreat to a new fallback line of defense.

And so we come to the present line of defense: the failure of coalition forces to yet unearth hidden WMDs, a failure the odious John Dean is now suggesting might justify the impeachment of President Bush, thereby satisfying the liberals' long-held demented belief that George W. Bush has no right to be president – a job they believe may be filled only by Marxist-oriented Democrats and not by Republican usurpers.

The DOD has already moved into high gear to locate the WMDs intelligence sources say exist. The Pentagon has sent a special Iraq Survey Group (ISG) under Maj. Gen. Keith Dayton to assume control of the effort to find the WMDs. The group will be composed of up to 1,400 experts from the U.S., Britain and Australia.

Intelligence sources say that 300 of these people will be actively engaged in the hunt on the ground in Iraq. The rest will be interviewing anyone who might have knowledge of Saddam's WMD programs and analyzing the information available to them.

This effort will put all intelligence collection operations under one national-level headquarters in Baghdad. If the administration knew that the WMDs didn't exist, why go to all trouble?

Officials familiar with the situation say that WMDs will be found – that it's only a matter of time. When they are, what will be the next fallback? For one thing, you can be certain that the New York Times or some other mouthpiece for the anti-war, hate-Bush crowd will hint darkly that the WMDs have been "planted." Others will deride the potency of the WMDs.

It will simply go on and on. Remember, the left is never wrong.

In a bulletin issued by a group of intelligence community veterans and made available to this writer, the reasons for the U.S. attack on Iraq were laid out.

After noting that "something will be found," the bulletin maintained that the war was part of a long-standing U.S. global strategy based largely on the fact that Iraq is a source of the oil upon which the U.S. is unfortunately utterly dependent, thanks to wacko environmentalists who won't allow us to exploit our own oil resources for fear of offending a herd of caribou.

Given Saddam's unpredictability and his oft-demonstrated hostile intentions toward his neighbors, also sources of vital oil supplies, it has long been the goal of the U.S. to bring about his ouster.

As the bulletin states, "the overthrow of Hussein has been policy for more than a decade. The invasion was enabled by 9/11, and needed public justification."

Among those justifications was the issue of Saddam's WMDs, which intelligence agencies all over the world were convinced he had.

Those who insist that the war was all about oil (another fallback) and the desire of big oil companies to get control of Iraq's vast supply of the stuff ignore the fact of our complete dependence upon Middle Eastern oil to supply oil for our oil burners in winter, petroleum to make plastics, gasoline for our cars and fuel for our airlines.

Oil makes our world go round and anything or anybody that threatens the world's supplies threatens every single American, even the environmentalists who heat their homes with the stuff and drive their cars powered by gasoline.

This perhaps is the reason why a large majority of Americans couldn't care less if we ever find WMDs in Iraq. They recognized what a monster Saddam was and the inherent dangers he posed to the world and that was sufficient justification for getting rid of him.

The WMD issue seems only to matter to the New York Times, its comrades in the rest of the Marxist media, assorted wackos in the hate-Bush brigade, and the outraged members of the National Socialist Democrat Party who think they own the White House and believe they can use the WMD nonsense to reclaim it.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee, which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers He can be reached at

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