Karl Rove played a leading role in the demise of the Republican party, and now as a FOXNews pundit he has been desperately trying to rewrite history and on this morning's Fox News Sunday, he was laying down some of his patented fact-free spin on Iraq, Al Qaeda and the 2008 presidential campaigns. Wallace pointed out that the American people are solidly against this war by every poll known to man, but Rove acting as a propagandist frames it this way.
Rove: If we were to give up Iraq with the third largest oil reserves in the world to the control of an Al Qaida regime or to the control of Iran, don’t you think $200 a barrel oil would have a cost to the American economy?
Rove calls Senator Barack Obama a "Neo-Isolationist" for daring to say that we shouldn't have invaded Iraq in the first place (repeatedly misrepresenting Obama's withdrawal plans) then goes on to say that we must stay in Iraq because we can't let the third largest oil reserves in the world to fall into the hands of an Al Qaeda-led Iraq -- which is a giant red herring considering Iraq's government is dominated by Shiites who would never allow a few thousand Sunnis who call themselves Al Qaeda to take over their country under any circumstances. There's absolutely no data to suggest this could ever happen and in fact, our presence there is merely perpetuating the problem.
Rove also floats the notion that oil prices will soar to $200 per barrel if we redeploy, but the reality is that our invasion of Iraq is the reason oil prices have now breached the $100 mark in the first place and our continued destabilizing presence in the Middle East will continue to drive prices higher. From the Democratic standpoint, we can only hope that Senator McCain continues to support Bush's failed policies in Iraq all the way to November.