David Brooks’ Revisionist History

NPR’s favorite “conservative,” David Brooks, made it to the second sentence of his column today before his blinders got the better of him and he made a rather loaded factual error:  “The Iraq war reminded everybody not to embark on an international effort without a broad coalition.”  The Iraq war might have reminded lots of people lots of things, but that ain’t one of them.

Recall that “[t]here were 17 UN resolutions regarding Iraq, Bush talked about going to war for a full year before we actually invaded, and he received Congressional approval first.” 

Let’s also remember that there was plenty of bipartisan support in Congress.  See, for example:

“We know that [Saddam Hussein] has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”  Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”  Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

“I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”  Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

“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 … 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.” Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002.

It was months or years later that the Democrats decided to abandon ship. 

Finally, President Bush assembled a more impressive coalition to invade Iraq, and it lasted a lot longer, than the one that is barely holding together for President Obama’s adventure in Libya.

In short, Iraq was an international effort with a remarkably broad coalition that was authorized by a bipartisan vote in Congress and supported by numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions (of which Saddam Hussein was in blatant violation) after months of debate.  It is revisionism of the worst kind to pretend that the invasion was a unilateral lark by Cowboy President George W. Bush.

Via Ace, who discusses the rest of Brooks’ piece.

Published in: on March 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

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