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Bush Calls Out His Revisionist War Critics.

Today, the President finally called out his critics on Iraq (underlining mine):

And our debate at home must also be fair-minded. One of the hallmarks of a free society and what makes our country strong is that our political leaders can discuss their differences openly, even in times of war. When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support. I also recognize that some of our fellow citizens and elected officials didn't support the liberation of Iraq. And that is their right, and I respect it. As President and Commander-in-Chief, I accept the responsibilities, and the criticisms, and the consequences that come with such a solemn decision.

While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. 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. And 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 a hundred Democrats in the House and the Senate -- who had access to the same intelligence -- voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power.

The stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges. These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will. 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. 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.

Read the entire speech here.

The Political Teen has the video.

President Bush now needs to go on the offensive on the economy, as well. It's absurd that so many people could view this booming economy and call it a recession.

Posted by Will Franklin · 11 November 2005 02:35 PM

Comments

The sad thing is that more and more the media's sound byte style is getting proped up along with the trend of interperating what the news means for us. It's a danger that I previously only knew existing in the Church, when scripture was removed from context and interprated for the people. These efforts to control understanding and context make for a society where those who feel responsible for knowing the truth have to search harder and wider for data to compile in order to form their own opinions. It is also help form a society of blinded sheep, who are unaware of the dangers around them and don't know how to prepare accordingly.

They say those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. What happens to those whose learned history is distorted?

Posted by: Rob B. at November 11, 2005 03:37 PM

It was fun to watch Ted Kennedy respond as Wolfe Blitzer back him into a mere whimper of defense by reading him his own words speaking about the dangers of WMD in Saddam's hands.
teddy was reduced to falling back upon the "IMMINENT" lie that Bush neveer said!

Posted by: DL at November 11, 2005 05:25 PM

" It's a danger that I previously only knew existing in the Church, when scripture was removed from context and interprated for the people."


You're right - it's far better for 1,000, million people to believe 1,000, million different things.

If God could guide individual reading, don't you suppose He could have guided the very Church He founded and instructed to tell (write) His message.

Posted by: DL at November 11, 2005 05:31 PM

Good points, but screw the economy. People always are bearish on the economy -- even as they go on buying sprees.
It comes down to this: Iraq or else

Posted by: Don Surber at November 11, 2005 06:05 PM