Durbin's Dishonesty Deconstructed
How sad… And, how dishonest!
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) attacked the Bush Administration on the Senate floor Friday claiming:
“The information we had in the Intelligence Committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn’t believe it. I was angry about it. (But) frankly, I couldn’t do much about it because, in the Intelligence Committee, we are sworn to secrecy. We can’t walk outside the door and say the statement made yesterday by the White House is in direct contradiction to classified information that is being given to this Congress.”
That line is still not true despite how many times the Left plays it.
Powerline has what the other members from that same committee were saying during the run-up to the Iraq War:
But here’s what Democratic Intelligence Committee members were saying about the intelligence they saw…
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) September, 2002): “[Saddam] has ignored the mandates of the United Nations, is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.”
Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), October, 2002: “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons. And will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years.”
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), March, 2003: “Bill, I support the president’s efforts to disarm Saddam Hussein. I think he was right on in his speech tonight. The lessons we learned following September 11 were that we can’t wait to be attacked again, particularly when it involves weapons of mass destruction. So regrettably, Saddam has not done the right thing, which is to disarm, and we’re left with no alternative but to take action.”
And Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid…
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), September, 2002: “Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think that the President’s approaching this in the right fashion.”
Oh, and in case there are still any doubters…
Here’s the video of what those same Intelligence Committee members were saying before the war:
(3 minutes 44 seconds)
Isn’t it about time for another apology, Senator!