Wednesday, November 2, 2005

When All Else Fails, Blame Clinton

From Yahoo News via Huffington Post:

The White House sought to deflect politically charged questions Wednesday about President Bush’s use of prewar intelligence in Iraq, saying Democrats, too, had concluded Saddam Hussein was a threat.

“If Democrats want to talk about the threat that Saddam Hussein posed and the intelligence, they might want to start with looking at the previous administration and their own statements that they’ve made,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

He said the Clinton administration and fellow Democrats “used the intelligence to come to the same conclusion that Saddam Hussein and his regime were a threat.”

McClellan made his comments one day after Senate Democrats sprung a surprise, forcing a rare closed-door session to dramatize their charge that Bush relied on faulty intelligence in the run-up to war and congressional Republicans have failed to sufficiently investigate.

Where have I heard that before?

As I noted in my comments in the previous thread:

Saddam Hussein was a dictator. Lesson 1 of Dictator 101 is that you lie, you bluff, and you act like you have stuff you really haven’t got. He made up all the stuff about WMD’s to bluff both his countrymen and the neighbors next door who hated him (i.e. Iran), and he used what little he had to do a market test on the Kurds. It’s like the guy who puts up a sign on his fence that says “DANGER! VICIOUS DOG!” when all he’s got is a chihuahua (which actually can be vicious in their own way) or has a tape loop of a dog that barks and snarls. It turns out that the UN, the CIA, and the Clinton administration fell for the bluff — although not to the degree that they decided to invade the country — because they couldn’t get in to inspect for the WMD’s because Saddam wouldn’t let them. We thought it was because he was hiding something. Well, turns out he was. He was hiding a great big empty, and we fell for it. When Bush 2.0 got into office, he fell for it too, except this time, he didn’t believe it when Saddam caved and said, “Hey, FAKE OUT!” and the inspector said, “Ain’t nowt there, laddie.” Well, red faces all around, but they had to come up with something, so they figured, hey, let’s make it look like he had the shit all along. Yes, a lot of Democrats fell for it. They trusted that if the president said it was true, they’d give him the benefit of the doubt. Well, to quote Grand Moff Tarkin, (Star Wars, Episode IV), “You’re far too trusting.” But now they’re busted. Busted right down to their socks, and of course they don’t want to admit it because this time there are real consequences. “Oops” doesn’t cut it.

And neither does “The other guy fell for it, too!”