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Bombs Away

Zarqawi commits a massacre. The lesson the Left and the MSM attempt to drive home to American voters: Not that here is al Qaeda, here is terrorism red in tooth and claw, here is the enemy, here is how barbaric he is and why we must prevail, but rather: Well, Bush has failed to bring security to Iraq, so he’s incompetent and arrogant and doesn’t admit his mistakes so America needs regime change.

Explosives disappear from an Iraqi stockpile. The lesson the Left and the MSM attempt to drive home to American voters: Not that (as Andy McCarthy pointed out) the UN weapons inspectors obviously were never serious about disarming Saddam, not that Saddam stockpiled unbelievable amounts of weapons (at a time when he Iraq was said to be so impoverished by the US-imposed sanctions that babies were dying), not even the US military has a steep learning curve to climb when fighting a “small war” against ruthless terrorists and shadowy insurgents, but rather: Well, why wasn’t Bush out there himself guarding the explosives? Why was he in Crawford, instead? Why didn’t he know what was going on at this particular stockpile? He’s obviously arrogant and incompetent, and he refuses to admit his mistakes so America needs regime change.

These are obvious and transparent attempts to manipulate public opinion. I’m worried they might be successful.

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...