After listening to the arguments put forward by the antiwar Left during the last couple of days, I'm convinced that if a video were to surface that showed Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden in Baghdad having tea over a nuclear warhead and discussing the most effective way to detonate the weapon in Washington D.C. in order to maximize civilian causalities, their response would be to decry the "rush to war," ask "where's the smoking gun?," complain that "we can't act without the U.N.," and call on the U.S. to "give the weapons inspections program a chance." The same baseless assertions that were being made six months ago are being repeated today as if nothing has happened in the mean time. My favorite is the accusation that the Bush administration "rushing us into a war." Rushing into war? Iraq has been front and center in the national discussion since last year's State of the Union address if not earlier. We're not rushing to war. We're crawling painfully slowly towards it with all the speed of a DMV worker returning from a smoke break.
The truth is that it doesn't matter how long we wait. Or how much we deliberate. Or how many countries are willing to join us. Or what evidence we have. Or whether the U.N. approves or not. From the moment military action was first considered against Iraq to the moment the first shot is fired the anti-war Left is and will be against anything the Bush administration does. It just doesn't matter.