Commentary: Bush, Rice pushing revisionist history

December 9, 2008 

This editorial appeared in The Miami Herald.

It's to be expected that an outgoing administration, whether it is the government or a private business, will attempt to put its achievements in the most favorable light possible. This is not true of the Bush administration. As eight years of the Bush presidency comes to an end, the president and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are going beyond sprinkling pixie dust on the administration's failed policies. Some of their remarks have been wholly disconnected with either reality or truth.

In a speech last week, Mr. Bush said the Middle East is a freer, more hopeful place today than when he took office in 2001. He said the threat from terrorist groups like al Qaeda has been curtailed and that Iran faces greater pressure from the international community than ever before. Mr. Bush described his Mideast policies as "ambitious in vision, bold in action and firm in purpose."

Picking up on this theme, Ms. Rice made the rounds of the Sunday-morning news shows, blaming "flawed intelligence" for the administration's decision to invade Iraq in search of weapons of mass destruction. "I would give anything to be able to go back and to know precisely what we were going to find when we were there," Ms. Rice said.

These attempts at revisionist history ignore the reams of data and evidence gathered in the intervening years that thoroughly disprove these rosy views of administration policies.

To read the complete editorial, visit The Miami Herald.

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