let me make something perfectly clear
Just for the record: Yes, Clinton lied. Yes, it was outrageous. No, I am not for a minute defending him. But for my Republican friends, this bit of perspective:
- Nixon: Lied about Watergate. Lied about his "secret plan" to end the Vietnam war (to wit, send more troops)
- Reagan/Bush I: Lied about the Iran/Contra scandal
- Bush II: Lies about the economy and the Wars on Terror and Iraq
- Clinton: Lied about sex
...yes, Johnson, a Democrat, kicked off the Vietnam War lies with the Gulf of Tonkin (non) incident. Which is exactly why the case for a war with Iraq must not be built on a foundation of "embroidering key assertions,""omitted qualifiers" and statements that are "dubious, if not wrong."
That's really the bottom line on the whole Iraq thing. Of course Saddam's regime is counter to our interests, and the world's. Of course Saddam has failed to live up to the terms of his Gulf War cease-fire. Of course Iraq should not be allowed to develop weapons of mass destruction. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no confidence in the Bush administration to deal honestly with it. And the fault is entirely theirs.
Fortunately, as Talking Points Memo notes, the current policy seems to indicate that the Powell/Pentagon faction has prevailed, after all.