- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Former President George W. Bush says in his new book “Decision Points” that being labeled a racist for his administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina “represented an all-time low.” I disagree. I believe that the left’s incessant five-year attack on Mr. Bush, claiming that he “lied” and took the country to war “under false pretenses” is by far the lowest form of political attack ever endured by not just Mr. Bush, but by any American president.

In January 2004, eight out of the nine Democratic candidates (Joe Lieberman excepted) for president stood up at a televised presidential forum and righteously declared that Mr. Bush lied us into a war, although many of them voted for the war based on evidence handed down from the Clinton administration and had previously commented that Saddam Hussein was guilty as charged of his war treaty-breaking violations.

Putting it in context, knowingly taking our country to war for a bogus reason would be the worst crime ever perpetrated by an American president. It would be the quintessentially impeachable offense. For five years, the Democrats and their left-leaning media accomplices huffed and puffed that Mr. Bush was guilty of such a flagrant offense, yet no one dared lift a legislative finger to prosecute him. What does this say about the validity of the left’s charge that Mr. Bush lied us into war? I say such a blatant smear campaign as this dwarfs Mr. Bush’s Katrina moment as an “all-time low” for American politics.

EUGENE R. DUNN

Medford, N.Y.

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