Friday, November 11, 2005
Bush strikes back
And now, your moment of zen:
BUSH: Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war.
These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs.
They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessment of Saddam Hussein.
They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions, citing his development and possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: "When I vote to give the president of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat and a grave threat to our security."
That's why more than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence, voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power.
What strikes me is that only 100 Democratic Senators and Congressmen who had access to this intelligence supported the effort to remove Saddam. Did they argue that WMDs were not in Iraq? Hmmmm. I think not. Why didn't they vote to remove a maniacal dictator who held animus for the U.S.A.?
Check out the John McCain interview on the Daily Show this week. He has street cred w/ the moonbat crowd simply for opposing Bush during the 2000 primary. (Rather stupid if you ask me. McCain is conservative on so many issues.) McCain put forth a very good defense of the administration, Cheney is particular, concerning the torture issue. Also, he restated the case for believing that WMDs were in Iraq. In one sense, I will be happy when Bush is gone. It will be hard to find a less articulate candidate than him. Unfortunately, that matters. That and not looking creepy.
Thankfully Bush also stated: "These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will,"
John Kerry responded: "This administration misled a nation into war by cherry-picking intelligence and stretching the truth beyond recognition."
Such lies have been repeated over and over again by the Democratic opposition with the intent of damaging Bush but without regard to any damage to the U.S. This blog has commented on this before, most recently here. And former President Clinton asked that his words be marked:
And mark my words, he (Saddam) will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them. Because we're acting today, it is less likely that we will face these dangers in the future.
"As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them," the president said. "Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough. And our troops deserve to know that, whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our nation is united and we will settle for nothing less than victory."
Bravo Mr. Bush.
John O adds:
Bush's counter-offensive will prove ineffective. Its too little, too late. Bush and the Republicans long ago ceded the initiative for shaping public opinion on Iraq to the Democrats and their media allies. The damage done to both party and country is irreparable. Its a shame he had other priorities.