He never ceases to amaze me.
It is incredible to me that the man can be taken seriously by millions of Americans.
No one in politics is more willing to revise history – and lie – than Al Gore.
He did it again last weekend in a speech in Florida, accusing the Bush administration of deceiving Americans about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and connections between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
“I’m not calling it a lie,” he said. “I’m not. I’m not. We got what turned out to be the false impression that Saddam Hussein had a lot to do with attacking our country on Sept. 11. We got the impression that he was about to build an atomic bomb with uranium from Africa and give it to his buddy, Osama bin Laden.”
Of course, those were not the impressions the Bush administration gave to the American people at all – no matter how accurate or inaccurate such non-assertions may have been.
But, if the American people got those impressions from anywhere, Gore’s administration was just as responsible as its successor.
Gore has been playing this game for a long time. And Americans need to recognize that’s what it is – a despicable political game that has nothing to do with America’s national security or protecting the lives of U.S. military servicemen.
It began for Gore June 24, 2002, when he gave a speech at Georgetown University in which he accused Bush of “intentionally misleading the American people by continuing to aggressively and brazenly assert a linkage between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. If he is not lying, if he genuinely believes that, that makes them [sic] unfit in battle against al-Qaida. If they believe these flimsy scraps, then who would want them in charge?”
He may be backtracking today, but changing his story is nothing new for Gore.
Four years earlier, it was President Clinton who was warning, Feb. 17, 1998, of “reckless acts of outlaw nations and an unholy axis of terrorists, drug traffickers and organized international criminals.” He said these “predators of the 21st century,” who are America’s enemies, “will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen. There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.”
Later that year, it was the Clinton-Gore administration that prepared an indictment of bin Laden, that read in part:
Al-Qaida reached an understanding with the government of Iraq that al-Qaida would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al-Qaida would work cooperatively with the government of Iraq.
But Gore doesn’t want you to remember any of that.
He wants you to think that Bush deceived Americans – presumably even himself, a guy with access to his administration’s classified security briefings.
Gore changed his mind, but he prefers you to think he knew better all the time.
Here’s what Gore was saying as late as Sept. 23, 2002, about the threat Iraq represented to the U.S. and the world:
- “We know that he [Saddam Hussein] has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
- “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
Hillary Clinton plays the same game today. But here’s what she was saying Oct. 10, 2002:
In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaida members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.
How do these people get away with it?
Clearly, few in the media care about holding them accountable for their own words.
But these people very much need to be held accountable for their own actions and words.
Gore actually had the audacity to bring the Bible into his most recent talk, citing Proverbs 29:17-19: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
That’s where Gore left it, but here’s the actual verses in a little more context: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
Perhaps Gore needs to be reminded that the law referred to here includes prohibitions against lying.”
Important postscript about Al Gore and WorldNetDaily:
Back in the presidential election year of 2000, WND set out to give the nation a small taste of the widespread, institutionalized political corruption that spawned the career of Al Gore.
The result was a monumental 18-part series that some Tennessee observers credited with costing the vice president his home state and the electoral votes he needed to win the presidency regardless of the controversy in the state of Florida.
But it was also a costly series for this news organization.
For the last five years, WorldNetDaily has been defending itself, at great cost, against a $165 million defamation lawsuit filed by Gore’s top fund-raiser in the state, auto dealer Clark Jones.
Jones, who had raised more than $100,000 for Gore’s campaign and, sources say, frequently bragged to other Tennessee businessmen about his close links to Gore, was reportedly humiliated by Gore’s loss of his home state, which cost Gore the election.
“I don’t think it’s an accident that the No. 1 independent Internet newssite was targeted by powerful and wealthy friends of the losing presidential candidate – and that the suit pertained to an investigative series that may well have cost that candidate the Electoral College votes he needed for victory,” I said at the time. I stand by that comment today.
Understand that this lawsuit would be dropped in a flat second if Al Gore wanted it to be dropped. Understand also that WND did nothing wrong and libeled no one in the publication of this exhaustive series.
Nevertheless, as this costly lawsuit continues, our only recourse is to fight it every step of the way. If you would like to help us offset the enormous legal costs involved in the defense of this high-profile First-Amendment case, you may make a donation online to WND’s Legal Defense Fund, or by calling WND toll-free at 1-800-4WNDCOM, or by mailing a check – made payable to WorldNetDaily Legal Defense Fund – to:
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