I was talking with someone yesterday about George W. Bush. They quickly changed the subject, and said that they weren’t interested. I would have let that be the end of it, but this person constantly complains about the state of our country, and of that of the United States. I went easy on them, because I could see they just couldn’t connect the dots.

We have been hearing for months now that George W. Bush cooked the intelligence reports regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I am not going to get into whether I think he did or not, but I want to point out a few things that are very hypocritical, and a few things that people seem to have forgotten.

The media has repeated ad nauseum the “fact” that George W. Bush lied to start an illegal war. I say “fact”, because that is how the media now reports it. They conclude, and report, that this is the only obvious conclusion that could be drawn when the pre-war rhetoric is analyzed. For us to miss the obvious fact that this is simply a group of people who can’t see that they lost the last election is just disturbing. Simply consider the following quotes. They are not doctored, nor are they miniscule (for those of you in college, that means really tiny) little 10 word quotes with half of the words missing. They are not taken out of context.

In September, 2002, Dick Gephardt, Democrat, House Minority Leader at the time said, “I share the administration’s goals in dealing with Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction.”

In 2002, Al Gore, the Democrat who lost the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 offered the following, “Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction. Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”

Oct. 10, 2002, John Kerry, Democrat, one of George W. Bush’s loudest critics said, “The debate over Iraq is not about politics. It is about national security. It should be clear that our national security requires Congress to send a clear message to Iraq and the world: America is united in its determination to eliminate forever the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.”

On the same day, Hillary Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, and 2008 Democrat presidential hopeful, gave us the following appraisal of Saddam and his intentions. “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.

In 1998, her husband, President at the time, informed us of an imminent threat. “The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.”

On September 27, 2002 Senator Ted “Chappaquidick” Kennedy offered this. “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein’s regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed.”

If you are careful, and truly pay attention to the pundits and political commentary in the media everyday, the hosts of the prime time political talk shows will be sitting with those who are mentioned above. They rail against the government and those who are in charge of the security of their nation. They spin lies and deception for their own political gain. They seek not to serve their fellow citizens, but only themselves and their vain ambitions. We, as voters, must become vigilant, we must begin to see the deceptions for what they are.

There are many more examples than I can put in a single column. The point is this. The media clearly have an agenda, and there is a concerted effort to tarnish the image of the leader of America. As citizens, Canadian or American, we must wake up and start to notice the conflicts that are so obvious in the media, because they happen on both sides of the border, and they are undermining our very security.

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