Friday, November 11, 2005

President lashes out

Despite President Bush's policy faults - whether on immigration, education, federal spending, or various other decisions he's made - he will still be considered a great president in my book as long as he maintains the strength in the war on terror that he showed today. In the midst of alarmingly absurd public rhetoric on Iraq, even from some of our most powerful politicians, the president continues to stand firm for the morally obvious.

The New York Times quotes Bush:
"Some Democrats and antiwar critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war," he said. "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."

Plus, as Bush noted, Democratic senators who voted for the initial invasion of Iraq had access to the same intelligence as the president. In addition, "Mr. Bush said the United Nations had passed more than a dozen resolutions that cited Mr. Hussein's development and possession of weapons of mass destruction." Also:
"By any standard or precedent of history, Iraq has made incredible political progress - from tyranny to liberation to national elections to the ratification of a constitution in the space of two and a half years," he said. "I have said, as Iraqis stand up, Americans will stand down."

And:
"Each loss of life is heartbreaking, and the best way to honor the sacrifice of our fallen troops is to complete the mission and to lay the foundation of peace for generations to come," he said. "Some observers look at the job ahead and adopt a self-defeating pessimism. It is not justified."

See also my last post with material on Iraq, President Bush, etc.

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