Why let the facts stand in the way of a good slander?

Dafydd ab Hugh catches the demagogic Senator Leahy in what appears to be a gross misstatement of recent history. According to Daffyd, this is what Leahy said on the floor of the Senate:

Even though they [the Bush administration] had him [Osama bin Laden] cornered at Tora Bora, they yanked the special forces out of there to send them to Iraq.

But the Battle of Tora Bora took place in December of 2001, when there was not even a resolution on the table to invade Iraq. As far as I know, we sent no special forces to Iraq until February 2003.

Does Senator Leahy have any evidence that special forces were re-deployed from Afghanistan to Iraq as early as December 2001? If not, then we must conclude that Leahy is so blinded by hatred of the president that he has told a whopper in order to cast our government in a false and negative light during a time of war.

Leahy should either produce evidence for his unlikely claim or correct the record and apologize. Don’t hold your breath, though.


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