By: Brent Parrish
Once again, Karl Rove leaves me scratching my head as to whose team he’s playing for. According to a report appearing at The Daily Beast, Rove allegedly covered up the discovery of WMDs in Iraq in 2004.
DAILY BEAST – There’s one man, some Republicans say, who kept the public from learning about the chemical shells littered around the Iraqi battlefield. He was Bush’s most important political adviser.
Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. But when the information was brought up with the White House, senior adviser Karl Rove told them to ‘let these sleeping dogs lie.’
The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnant was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically-induced wounds.
To people familiar with the issue, both inside that administration and without, the blame for the cover up falls on one particular set of shoulders: Rove’s.
From the perspective of Rick Santorum, a Republican senator from Pennsylvania who lost his seat in 2006, some of the weapons of mass destruction President Bush promised would be in Iraq before the 2003 invasion of the country began turning up as early as 2004.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, former Senator Rick Santorum said he and his staff began receiving photographs of discarded Sarin and Mustard shells from U.S. soldiers in 2004. Two years later, when he was up for re-election, Santorum even went public with some of this information in a press conference disclosing a Pentagon report that found 500 chemical weapons shells had been found in Iraq.
One might think a politically vulnerable Bush White House would’ve seized on Santorum’s discovery. After all, Bush and his subordinates famously accused Iraq of having active weapons of mass destruction programs.
But at least in 2005 and 2006 the Bush White House wasn’t interested. “We don’t want to look back,” Santorum recalled Rove as saying (though Santorum stressed he was not quoting verbatim conversations he had more than eight years ago). “I will say that the gist of the comments from the president’s senior people was ‘we don’t want to look back, we want to look forward.’”
Dave Wurmser—who served at the time as a senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on national security issues —remembers receiving a similar message from Rove.
According to Wurmser, “in 2005-6, Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these (findings) and said ‘let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”
Rove declined to comment for this story.
This begs the question, why would Karl Rove suppress the discovery of WMDs in Iraq when the liberal press was raking the Bush Administration over the coals for supposedly failing to discover WMDs in Iraq?
The above report claims Rove was willing to throw in the towel on fighting the liberal media’s assault on the Bush Administration just one year into the Iraq War.
Back in 2004, Fox News published articles on the discovery of mustard and sarin gas in Iraq (read here and here). The Washington Post published a similar article in 2006. In 2010, The Daily Caller posted an article entitled “WikiLeaks show WMD hunt continued in Iraq – with surprising results.” A similar themed letter to the editor also appeared in the Washington Times in 2013.
While writing this article, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh’s take on The Daily Beast article. Limbaugh is of the opinion that Rove, et al., were so afraid of the liberal media’s backlash that they decided to just keep the matter under the covers so as to not jeopardize the GOP’s chances in the 2006 elections (a lot of good that did). Well, after looking into Rove’s dealings over the past few years, I’m not not so sure it isn’t a bit more diabolical than that.
Muslim Brotherhood in America, Part 3: Influence Operations Against Conservatives & the GOP
The former assistant Secretary of Defense under the Reagan Administration, Frank Gaffney, has produced a ten-part series entitled the Muslim Brotherhood in America, which examines the efforts by so-called Islamists to infiltrate and subvert the American political process, i.e. “civilization jihad.” This subversive tactic is similar to a Soviet-style “influence operation.” Islamic agents of influence not only successfully led major efforts to co-opt the left for their own nefarious purposes but conservative organizations and the GOP as well (see video above).
According to Gaffney, the Muslim Brotherhood interest in penetrating the right coincided with an interest within certain Republican circles to engage in “outreach” to the Muslim American community during the lead-up to the 2000 elections. Three prominent GOP and allegedly conservative operatives reportedly saw, for various reasons, a need to establish close ties with American Muslims—lobbyist Jack Abramoff, tax reform advocate Grover Norquist and political strategist Karl Rove.
Abramoff saw Muslim Americans as a promising constituency for then Gov. George W. Bush, as well as providing possible business opportunities and revenue streams. The hope was Muslim Americans could be for the GOP what Jewish Americans were for the Democrats—a well-to-do and generous voting block for the Republicans.
Shortly following September 11, 2001, the left-leaning publication New Republic published an article by Franklin Foer that corroborates much of what Frank Gaffney reveals in his Muslim Brotherhood in America series.
Via New Republic:
… [O]ne of Norquist’s lesser-known projects over the last few years has been bringing American Muslims into the Republican Party. And, as he usually does, Norquist has succeeded. According to several sources, Norquist helped orchestrate various post-September 11 events that brought together Muslim leaders and administration officials. “He worked with Muslim leaders to engineer [Bush]’s prominent visit to the Mosque,” says the Arab-American pollster John Zogby, referring to the president’s September 17 trip to the Islamic Center of Washington. Says Zogby, who counts Norquist among his clients, “Absolutely, he’s central to the White House outreach.” Indeed, when Jewish activists and terrorism experts complained about the Muslim invitees to Adam Goldman, who works in the White House public liaison’s office, Goldman replied that Norquist had vouched for them. (Goldman denies this, but two separate sources say they heard him say it.) “Just like [administration officials] ask my advice on inviting religious figures to the White House,” says Paul Weyrich, another top conservative activist, “they rely on Grover’s help [with Muslims].”
Norquist denies being involved in “micromanaging the specifics” of White House meetings, but admits “I have been a long time advocate of outreach to the Muslim community.” In fact, the record suggests that he has spent quite a lot of time promoting people openly sympathetic to Islamist terrorists. And it’s starting to cause him problems. Weyrich, echoing other movement conservatives, says he is “not pleased” with Norquist’s activity. According to one intelligence official who recently left the government, a number of counterterrorism agents at the FBI and CIA are “pissed as hell about the situation [in the White House] and pissed as hell about Grover.” They should be. While nobody suggests that Norquist himself is soft on terrorism, his lobbying has helped provide radical Islamic groups—and their causes—a degree of legitimacy and access they assuredly do not deserve.
Interestingly enough, Franklin Foer mentions a dustup between Frank Gaffney and Grover Norquist in his 2001 article:
… At a session earlier this month, Frank Gaffney questioned the presence of terrorist sympathizers at the White House. Norquist exploded, accusing Gaffney of smearing Muslims. Later he choked up as he addressed the meeting and asked Gaffney to stand up and join him in condemning anti-Muslim bigotry. One conservative who witnessed Norquist’s tirade says, “His response is powered in part by a sense that this whole edifice he’s created is in danger of coming unraveled because of [these groups’] stated and abiding positions.”
Karl Rove has been a longtime friend of Grover Norquist. Matthew Boyle reported at Breitbart that Karl Rove’s fundraising giant Crossroads GPS provided the bulk of funding for Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) organization. Tax documents reveal Karl Rove gave some $26 million dollars to Norquist in 2012.
Via Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:
I highly recommend watching Frank Gaffney’s video concerning Islamic influence operations against conservatives and the GOP in conjunction with reading Franklin Foer’s 2001 New Republic article. It explains so much. Karl Rove has got to go.
h/t: The Right Scoop