Leave it to Dana Rohrabacher–Orange County's senior career politician–to wreck an enjoyable Mother's Day with smelly political garbage.
Late on Sunday night, Rohrabacher used his notorious, often inadvertently hilarious Twitter account to once again spew a self-serving lie about himself.
This time, the Costa Mesa congressman declared that he was “a loud critic of many U.S. policies, especially the decision to go into Iraq to displace Saddam [Hussein].”
Dana, you might be the most brazen, habitual liar in California politics today.
But you can't rewrite history, big boy.
You didn't just back the decision of President George W. Bush to misdirect the U.S. military to Iraq after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, you energetically defended it over and over and over again.
Here are a sampling of Rohrabacher's public declarations as memorialized by the Congressional Record in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005:
December 19, 2001: “We
should liberate Iraq in the same way that we have liberated
Afghanistan, now that we have the chance and the opportunity to do so.”
September 11, 2002: “The
President has wisely suggested that now is the time for us to eliminate
the threat that hangs over us [in Iraq] . . . He has committed us to
eliminating the dictatorial, fascistic regime of Saddam Hussein. We
should not be weary of this . . . The people of Iraq will be waving
American flags and dancing in the streets because we will help them
build a democratic society.”
October 15, 2003: “Many
people are talking about and challenging whether or not our military
should have been in Iraq in the first place. Let me note that taking
care of Saddam Hussein was necessary for America's security and we
should applaud our president for making the tough decisions . . . So, I
am supporting what we have done.”
May 5, 2004: “President
Bush has a long-term strategy. This is why we are in Iraq, for example .
. . That is the better world President Bush is trying to build. But it
must start in Iraq. And if we lose in Iraq, the evil forces . . . will
then dominate this planet. And I am here today to applaud the
July 20, 2005: “I think it is important
for the American people to hold their heads up high, not only about the
goals of the war on terror but the way we have conducted it.”
R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.