Wednesday, December 06, 2006


The Fix is In

Red State Rabble caught a bit of the Senate confirmation hearings for Robert M. Gates, the president's nominee to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. Gates told senators the U.S. isn't winning in Iraq. American failure there, he said, could ignite “a regional conflagration” in the Middle East.

Gate's blunt assessment that we're not winning contradicted recent statements by the man who nominated him that “absolutely, we’re winning” in Iraq.

Much has been written about the missteps that led us down the primrose path to war. Certainly, the issues are complex, but for us, one factor stands out above the rest:

As we learned from the Downing Street memo, the intelligence and facts were fixed around a policy of removing Saddam Hussein by military force which was justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD.

The intelligence and facts were fixed around the policy.

And, isn't that the method of creation science and intelligent design as well? Facts -- fossil gaps, bacterial flagella, and the new favorite, unspecified molecular "evidence" -- like nonexistant WMD are all fixed around a policy of belief in a fundamentalist's God and the inerrancy of the Bible.

Can there be any doubt that this method, if it were written into the science curriculum or the law of the land would have different, but equally disastrous results for our country as the president's adventure in Iraq?


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