Assume the Position
Friday, June 17, 2005
Read the "Downing Street Memo" Instead of Just the Press Reports
The current "Bush lied" and "impeachment" wailing by the Democrats and the rest of the left is based on the synopsis reporting the wire services and other press have given the so-called Downing Street memo. Apparently, very few people bothered to actually read the memo, and instead prefer to fixate on a single line from the first page that's been reported over and over: "But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." On the second page, however, comes this passage:
The two key issues were whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan the space to work.
On the first, CDS said that we did not know yet if the US battleplan was workable. The military were continuing to ask lots of questions.
For instance, what were the consequences, if Saddam used WMD on day one, or if Baghdad did not collapse and urban warfighting began? You said that Saddam could also use his WMD on Kuwait. Or on Israel, added the Defence Secretary.
The above shows that the players believed Hussein had WMD even if "his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran," which were being dealt with through "different strategies" other than a policy of regime change.
UPDATE - June 18, 2005: Conyers and other Democrats have gone completely around the bend on the Downing Street memo:
In the Capitol basement yesterday, long-suffering House Democrats took a trip to the land of make-believe.
They pretended a small conference room was the Judiciary Committee hearing room, draping white linens over folding tables to make them look like witness tables and bringing in cardboard name tags and extra flags to make the whole thing look official.
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) banged a large wooden gavel and got the other lawmakers to call him "Mr. Chairman." He liked that so much that he started calling himself "the chairman" and spouted other chairmanly phrases, such as "unanimous consent" and "without objection so ordered." The dress-up game looked realistic enough on C-SPAN, so two dozen more Democrats came downstairs to play along.
The session was a mock impeachment inquiry over the Iraq war. As luck would have it, all four of the witnesses agreed that President Bush lied to the nation and was guilty of high crimes -- and that a British memo on "fixed" intelligence that surfaced last month was the smoking gun equivalent to the Watergate tapes. Conyers was having so much fun that he ignored aides' entreaties to end the session.
"At the next hearing," he told his colleagues, "we could use a little subpoena power." That brought the house down.
As Conyers and his hearty band of playmates know, subpoena power and other perks of a real committee are but a fantasy unless Democrats can regain the majority in the House. But that's only one of the obstacles they're up against as they try to convince America that the "Downing Street Memo" is important.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Still the One
Gallup (subscribers only)
June 01, 2005
Military Again Tops "Confidence in Institutions" List
Ratings of the president, Congress, and the Supreme Court are all down
by Lydia Saad
Gallup's 2005 update of Americans' confidence in institutions finds the military, once again, head and shoulders above the competition. The police and organized religion rank second and third, respectively, on this year's list, while HMOs have secured their spot at the bottom of the list. Americans have lower confidence today than they did a year ago in the presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Television news receives its lowest ratings in trends dating to 1993....
The poll results via PollingReport.com:
Gallup Poll. May 23-26, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
"I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little. . . ."