Dicks put his party ahead of principle

Well, the real Norm Dicks has finally stepped forward.

The one who is a Democrat first, with a capital D, and then a congressman representing his district and his countrymen.

Dicks, by the way, is not my congressman. He’s in the 6th District, which includes the southern half of Kitsap County.

I live in the northern half, the 1st, where Democrat Jay Inslee seems eager to be a protégé of Baghdad Jim McDermott.

But I have been proud of Dicks over the 29 years he has served, because I felt he deserved inheriting the cloak of the late U.S. Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson as the delegation’s No. 1 champion of the military and the civilian workforce who are partners in giving their best for the defense of their country.

Proud, that is, until the other day, when he joined the chorus of Bush haters and would-be presidents to declare the war in Iraq a mistake and accused the Bush administration of “doctoring” (Seattle Times) or “slanting” (Kitsap Sun) the intelligence reports on which the conclusion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction was based.

He would have never voted to send American troops to Iraq if he had known in advance that the WMDs were not there, he said.

Is this the same Norm Dicks who, in 2003, after the capture of Saddam Hussein, said it wouldn’t hasten our departure from Iraq but might help refocus people on why we went to war there?

“I think it reminds everyone of why we made this decision to fight this war. Because of the brutality of Saddam,” he said. “He probably killed by direct order over 2 million people. This is one of the most vicious dictators in the history of the world.”

He said it was important to stay in Iraq as long as it took to stabilize the country.

Norm served eight years on the House Intelligence Committee, where evidence presented there reinforced his belief in the presence of the WMDs and the danger of Saddam’s development of a nuclear weapon. He became “troubled,” he said, when he read former Ambassador Joe Wilson’s New York Times article reporting on his trip to Nigeria to check out rumors of Iraq’s purchase of material to build a bomb.

Has he read nothing since, with Wilson having proven to be a liar?

Dicks didn’t go so far to call the president a liar, as others have, although saying his people doctored or slanted the intelligence reports comes close.

But if they ever took a vote among the military community on who their favorites in Congress are, Dicks would have to be right up there near the top.

He’s on the Homeland Security Committee, the House Appropriations Committee and two of its subcommittees, Defense and Interior, and is in line to become chair of one of the two if and when the Democrats regain power.

He is schmoozed by the military and defense industry big shots and, Washington, D.C,. being a sieve, is surely privy to any and all information on the defense front.

Why is he not reassured that none of the other nations whose intelligence reports also indicated WMDs in Iraq haven’t confirmed that what they shared with us didn’t sound the same when put forth by Bush, if reports were doctored?

They, especially France and Germany, have no inclination to cover for Bush.

Now Dicks has taken the Democratic party path of trying to destroy Bush by making him out to be a liar, so voters will elect Democrats to the Congress and the presidency.

I’m ashamed of you, Norm. I thought you had more class than that.

Adele Ferguson can be reached at PO Box 69, Hansville, WA, 98340.

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