Better late than never. The New York Slimes has admitted what most of us knew all along — Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction:
From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.
In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
But of course America is still bad:
The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.
Furthermore, the Bushitler Regime was secretive about the chemical weapons it found:
Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United States’ encounters with chemical weapons in Iraq was neither publicly shared nor widely circulated within the military. These encounters carry worrisome implications now that the Islamic State, a Qaeda splinter group, controls much of the territory where the weapons were found.
The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds.
The sanctimonious outrage does not extend to Obama, who placed these weapons in the hands of our enemies by prematurely withdrawing our troops.
The Slimes and the rest of the liberal media establishment spent most of Bush’s presidency shrieking like scalded cats that Bush lied because there were no weapons of mass destruction. This bogus allegation was a political wound that never stopped bleeding the entire time he was in office. He could have countered by making information regarding the chemical weapons discoveries public. Yet he chose not to.
In jarring contrast, Obama has never passed up an opportunity to advance his short-term political fortunes with his loose lips, most infamously when he spewed classified information regarding the Bin Laden raid that endangered Navy SEALs and their families.
W was no conservative while in office. But he was no Obama either; or rather, Obama is no W.
Regarding vindication of Bush’s decision to wrap up unfinished business in Iraq, the Slimes is reduced to claiming that these weapons don’t count because they were too old for Saddam to use more than a decade ago, even though they are not too old for the Islamic State to use now.
You have to give liberal media apparatchiks credit for their tenacity. Once the narrative is established, they never give up on it, no matter how petty and delusional it makes them look.
On tips from Ben S and Petterssonp.