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The Words Mattered

“When we failed to find WMD stockpiles [in Iraq],” former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith argues today on Uncommon Knowledge, “there was a stunning shift in the President’s rhetoric from discussing the threats the Saddam regime had posed to discussing only the promotion of democracy.  I think there were some terrible consequences that flowed from that shift in rhetoric.”

It is one thing for the President to ask the American people to support a war intended to defend our own Republic, and it is something else entirely for him to ask the American people to support a war intended to promote the ideals of his speechwriting shop.  Click on the image above, and the author of War and Decision:  Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism will explain.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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