Why is Ruth Ann Dailey allowed to make statements like “the lunatic left still slanderously claims that Mr. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction and that he, not Osama bin Laden, launched the ‘religious war’ we unwillingly fight” (“The Trouble With the Words ‘Islamic Terrorism,’ ” Feb. 23)?
While Fox News and Bush administration officials try to rewrite history, it is known that faulty intelligence was drummed up and cherry-picked to be used to convince the people of the United States, Congress and the United Nations into supporting war. Tony Blair was just as guilty.
Remember Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame? Judith Miller’s reporting in The New York Times about aluminum tubes? Colin Powell’s address to the United Nations based on lies? The Downing Street memo? Remember “mushroom clouds,” duct tape and Curveball? And let’s not forget the Project for a New American Century, which openly pushed for war against Iraq before 9/11 (the architects of whom are now Jeb Bush’s election campaign committee to keep him informed on foreign policy). Great.
As for the Islamic State group and the religious wars we “unwillingly fight,” there was no al-Qaida in Iraq (and certainly no Islamic State group) before the United States invaded. And no one cries out for war more than the Republicans in Congress.
And can we please stop the lie that Mr. Obama “has been too quick to criticize and too slow to defend the United States”? This is simply something Fox has made up, and if you hear it enough you believe it. The “lunatic right” loves to hear it, though, simply because of their mind-numbing hatred of our president. Remember George W. Bush’s “you’re either with us or against us”? Back then not supporting our president was considered treasonous. Now it’s de rigueur.