Human Events: Media Slow to Show WikiLeaks Justified Iraq War
While the media have been quick to run with WikiLeaks’ U.S. State Department cable releases to undermine Washington’s efforts to effect stability in unstable parts of the world, it is slow, if not silent, in giving credit where credit is due. Although other credible sources confirmed it before WikiLeaks did, in receiving similar disinterested responses from the media, it should be clear now that President Bush’s concerns about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program were well-founded.
Over the holidays and before becoming mired nightly in Bar Study Part Deux, I began reading former President George W. Bush’s memoirs, Decision Points. While I am only about three-quarters of the way through the book (and likely will remain as such until after the Bar Exam at the end of February), the way in which the book is structured provides for a topical, rather than chronological, look at Bush’s controversial presidency.
(All in all, the book is fantastic. I certainly do not agree with all of the decisions the former president made, but his descriptions of his thought process behind each decision, though at times seemingly defensive, enhance the respect I have for the man. I’ll try to provide a review at a later time.)
I stopped reading for pleasure a few nights ago in the middle of his analysis of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The chapter before, however, was all about Iraq, and the linked piece from Human Events reinforces what President Bush reminded readers of in his book — nearly the entire world, including the now vehemently anti-war Democrats in Congress, supported President Bush in his decision to commence operations in Iraq. Save for Russia and a few others concerned about energy-related ties with Saddam’s Iraq, the intelligence that had been coming out of the region was enough to convince much of the world that Saddam Hussein had violated his last UN resolution and must be stopped.
While even George W. Bush admits in his book that much of the intelligence, including much of the intelligence expressed by Gen. Colin Powell to the United Nations, turned out to be false, it goes without saying that the entire world–including President Bush–was going on the same data. It also goes without saying that the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein, and for all the problems still occurring in Iraq, the world is a better place for having a new Iraq as a focal point in an otherwise tumultuous region.
Anyway, read the linked article, and pick up Bush’s book if you get the chance. And don’t expect a review here for a while — I have my work cut out for me in terms of studying, so what little time I have here at America’s Right needs to be focused on current events.