- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 20, 2005

Starting today, we introduce “History lessons” at the bottom of this page. This is to make plain how the president’s critics are trying to rewrite the history of the lead-up to the Iraq war. It’s actually an easy task, requiring no commentary on our part, just this brief explanation by way of introduction. Selected quotations will usually stand alone. The record speaks eloquently for itself.

The first of these “History lessons” exposes the double-speak of certain Democratic lawmakers, but the errors that need reproof are not always partisan sins. Like the Clinton and Bush administrations, Congress relied on a multitude of reports and testimonies to guide it toward the conclusion that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq posed a serious and growing threat to the stability of the region and the lives of freedom-loving peoples. Despite the failure to find stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, a careful observer of events between the end of the first Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 could have reached no other conclusion. Even members of Congress who would eventually vote against the war believed that Saddam stood tall in an elite and gruesome circle of the world’s tyrants. “History lessons” will remind these legislators how and why they did so.

“History lessons” is not an apology for the conduct of the war nor an excuse for mistakes of the intelligence agencies. We are determined to preserve the historical record — with all the imperfections and blind corners showing — because the chronicle of events is not for the selfish or powerful to do with as they please.

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