The Corner

Ej Dionne…

today suggests that it is a sad commentary on Bush’s values that he put the most alarming interpretation on what nearly everyone thought was true about Iraq and its weapons. I can see how a critic of the Iraq war can fault Bush for a failure of prudence in Iraq–not considering all the risks–and a failure of implementation, poor planning etc. But having the wrong values? There is no reason for anyone this side of Michael Moore and Ted Kennedy to doubt that Bush was sincere in his stated desire to rid the world of a menace, and to try to give Iraq, and the Middle East, a fresh start. Did the UN have the wrong values in repeatedly saying Saddam should be held to account for his violation of UN resolutions, Edwards and Kerry have the wrong values in voting for war, the Clinton administration have the wrong values for talking about Saddam’s weapons and his cponnections to al Qaeda? The anti-Bush frenzy is seeping further and further into the mainstream, and this column is just another indication of that.

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