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Almost the entire political establishment agreed on invading Iraq

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To the editor,
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, a local college professor has provided all of us with about as perfect an example of a slanderous liberal lie wrapped neatly in a "Republicans are cold hearted murderers" innuendo as has ever been written in the form of a letter to the editor. Because our 4th Estate, guardian media has objectively been dead for some time now, Professor Cracraft thinks he can repeat a blatant lie that has been etched in stone within the annals of revisionist, progressive history. All the while reinforcing their shameless, not so subtle mantra that "America is an evil force around the world".
While referencing the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, he demands to know why George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld are not on trial or at least indicted. Why? Because, according to Scott, they deserve to be treated as the "war criminals they really are". Now Scott and most liberals actually believe that statement to be true. Why? Because this hypocritical and tasteless lie has been repeated again and again by Democrats, the media, Hollywood and of course, academia. Who can forget some of the nastiest, liberal greatest hit pieces regarding our 43rd president, "Bushitler" and "Bush lied, people died".
Let's take a trip down memory lane and dig up some actual facts and true history shall we? March 2003: Newsweek, Gallup poll and Pew research all agreed that 70 percent of Americans favored military action in Iraq. Months earlier, there had been strong bipartisan support which included Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Joe Biden, among other Democrats. The consensus was that Saddam Hussein was a deadly menace and had to be eradicated. How soon we forget that back in 1998, President Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act which made Saddam's removal from power a matter of public policy. Especially since U.N. weapons inspectors gave up checking Saddam's weapons' facilities when he repeatedly refused to cooperate while also ignoring U.N. sanctions.
Virtually everyone — including Republicans, Democrats, the CIA, the U.N. Security Council and Saddam's own military officers, had been dead sure Weapons of Mass Destruction" (WMD) would be found. After all, Saddam had already used WMD's to maim and murder many thousands of innocent Iraqi women, men and children.
Liberals and conservatives have debated and will continue to debate the merits of our long engagement in Iraq. Staying there as long as we have may well have been the wrong decision. What should not be up for debate is the fact — are you listening Scott? — that almost the entire political establishment and the worldwide intelligentsia believed we should have gone into Iraq because they were under the distinct impression that WMD's did exist.
President Bush did not lie, but you Professor Cracraft are perpetuating a preposterous lie. As a libertarian leaning conservative seeking the truth, it makes me incensed that liberal progressives are able to promote baseless lies on a public too busy surviving their day to day lives to do all the tedious research to uncover the untruths. I am more than willing to do my little part in holding these secular progressives accountable for their attacks on conservatives. Professor Cracraft teaches our children. I pray to God that he is not teaching them history or politics. That very thought sends chills down my spine.
Russ Wiles