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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


So, why does Donald Trump accuse George Bush of lying about WMDs in Iraq?

I totally disagree with Trump on this one, and so do many other Conservatives.

As Bud Norman says in:  The Pinkest Republican

Even if you’re not satisfied by the sarin-tipped rockets and other chemical weapons that were found in Iraq, or discount the many plausible accounts of more weapons being shipped to Syria, and conveniently forget the many other persuasive casus belli offered for the Iraq war, and assume that an absence of more widely publicized evidence is evidence of absence, an allegation that any president knowingly lied to the American people about non-existent weapons of mass destruction to launch a war for still unstated reasons carries a burden a proof. One would have to explain why such a diabolical president would launch a war on a pretext he knew would be exposed, or why such a diabolical president wouldn’t plant some evidence to cover his crime, which shouldn’t have been too hard after recruiting the intelligence agencies of every American ally in Europe and the Middle East to bolster his made-up claims, not to mention getting all those inspectors from the United Nations to say they had their own suspicions about what was going on in Iraq, and we’d like to think it’s still hard to make that case to a majority of Republican primary voters.

I think the errors Bush made in Iraq came after Saddam was toppled; and the disaster came after Obama was elected and abandoned that fragile and still unstable country. He lost the war that Bush won.

But that does not explain Trump’s position. Perhaps he really does believe that the Bush administration lied about the certainty of WMDs. But more important, the “Bush Lied, People Died” meme is now firmly embedded in popular culture. With the exception of people like me, who believe that Saddam was an existential threat and needed to be removed, not just contained, many on the Right, including congressmen, now think that the Iraq war was a mistake.

NBC News reports that:

Seventy-one percent of Americans now say that the war in Iraq “wasn’t worth it,” a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll shows, with skepticism about the lengthy war effort up substantially even in the last 18 months.

In my opinion, Trump is doing what successful businessmen do; they give their customers what they want: the border sealed, stop exporting jobs and bring those jobs back to the U.S., protection from Muslims on Jihad, and an America that’s “Great Again.”

During this election they don’t want to re-fight the culture wars that seem to have been lost to the Left, even if they agree with Conservatives that the culture is important. At this point in time, the existential threat to America and to its middle class is too great.  They don't think that the Political class understands the situation or knows what to do.

At this point Americans may we willing to make the same deal they made in World War II: ally with Stalin to defeat Hitler. Can we fix the culture once the country is back to an even keel? We don’t know, but Trump believes that the majority he needs to win the election has its priorities.

I’ll crawl over broken glass to vote for the Republican in the general election, no matter his name. After that, we’ll fight the culture wars.

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