This is important, read this one all the way through.
MSNBC has found out that, "long before the war the Bush administration had several chances to wipe out his terrorist operation and perhaps kill Zarqawi himself — but never pulled the trigger." Their spin is that the Bush administration is somehow negligent because of this. They are, however, entirely missing the point. Well actually three points.
The first point is actually the kind of thing we are used to as conservatives. The left (and, shocking as it may seem, I am including MSNBC in the category "left") is trying to spin something towards the left by giving the facts a tweak. The second and third points are earth-shakers.
Lets start with the first point. This was before the war. One doesn't just fire missles into a country willy-nilly. Remember the mantra of the left? No unilateral action. We must include the U.N. We must build a coalition. The reason that the Bush Administration didn’t go in sooner and take care of Zarqawi is because they were tied up, at that very time, trying to placate the left. The blame for the delay falls squarely onto the Democrats.
MSNBC - Avoiding attacking suspected terrorist mastermind
“People were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam than to execute the president’s policy of preemption against terrorists,” according to terrorism expert and former National Security Council member Roger Cressey. …
The United States did attack the camp at Kirma at the beginning of the war, but it was too late — Zarqawi and many of his followers were gone. “Here’s a case where they waited, they waited too long and now we’re suffering as a result inside Iraq,” Cressey added.
Let’s look at the second point. This is the first of the earth shakers. With this article the left is admitting that al-Qaida was in Iraq before the war.
In June 2002, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that Zarqawi and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern Iraq, producing deadly ricin and cyanide.
Now for the third point (second earth-shaker). Al-Qaida was making "ricin and cyanide." These are chemical weapons. Ricin is one of the most deadly poisons known. There is no antidote. Ricin is classified as a weapon of mass destruction. They are admitting that there were WMD’s in Iraq.
OK now let’s re-cap:
1. The delay and therefore the blame for not attacking sooner falls on the Democrats.
2. Al-Qaida, contrary to the Democratic talking points, was in Iraq before the war.
3. There were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.
I think that covers it.