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Paul Krugman Spins The Truth – Again

Posted on July 23 2010 6:00 pm

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It’s bad enough that Paul Krugman, the New York Times op-ed columnist and resident economist, gets his facts wrong as I demonstrated last week. In his latest column today entitled “Addicted To Bush,” he blatantly misrepresents the truth through distortions of fact and material omissions.

Krugman says that Republicans are trying to “rehabilitate Bush’s image” on the economy, the deficit and the war in Iraq – all of which Krugman scores as abject failures. While Krugman is entitled to his ignorant opinions, he is not entitled to falsify the record.

Regarding the war in Iraq, Krugman latches on to a poll in 2008 in which a majority of the public was said to believe that the Bush administration had deliberately misled the nation into war. But Krugman just happened to forget to mention a poll taken in March 2009, which was highly favorable for Obama in his early months in office but which also found 53% of those polled saying that the war in Iraq has been successful, up from 43% in July 2008.

The fact is that Bush had good reason at the time he decided to forcibly remove Saddam Hussein to believe that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction – a view shared by most foreign intelligence services and our own political leaders on both sides of the aisle.

However, whatever the initial reasons for removing the Iraqi dictator, the war turned into a strategic success after Bush ignored the nay-sayers and ordered the surge that Obama so stridently opposed. Iraq- which al Qaeda at one time claimed was the front line of its fight against the infidel crusaders – turned out to be al Qaeda’s most strategic embarrassment to date. The American people understand this. Krugman does not.

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