Monday, November 14, 2005

Bush's Veteran's Day Speech **UPDATE**

**UPDATE** Michelle Malkin links today to Indepundit and Powerline who have similar posts to this subject. Their takes refer to the pathetic Democrats and their tired response to the president's speech on Friday.
During his yesterday, president George W. Bush yesterday finally shot back at his critics over the origins and reasons for going to war in Iraq. Like many, I have remain in strong support of the war and our aims there, and have been watching incredulously as the Left keeps telling the Big Lie over and over about how GWB "lied" about WMD's to get us to go to war. There is not a shred of evidence to support that contention, as the found.

It has truely been amazing to watch the Left transform from fairly strong support of the war, to now actually trying to claim that they were always against it, and 'knew Bush was lying' about WMD's. The more the tell this lie, the more they convince themselves that it's true. But it isn't, of course.

If anyone is lying about the war or why we went to Iraq, it's the Left. Senator Ted Kennedy, for example, issued a last Thursday, November 10th, 2005, regarding the intelligence on the threat that pre-war Iraq posed, wherein he said:

"150,000 American troops are bogged down in a quagmire in Iraq because the Bush Administration misrepresented and distorted the intelligence to justify a war that America never should have fought.

As we know all too well, Iraq was not an imminent threat. It had no nuclear weapons. It had no persuasive links to Al Qaeda, no connection to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, and no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

But the President wrongly and repeatedly insisted that it was too dangerous to ignore the weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein, and his ties to Al Qaeda."
Compare those words with these that on the same subject:

"No one disputes that America has lasting and important interests in the Persian Gulf, or that Iraq poses a significant challenge to U.S. interests. There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed."
While Senator Kennedy went on in that 2002 speech to argue and later to vote against war with Iraq, he certainly agreed—as did virtually everyone with access to the intelligence—that Iraq possessed and continued to pursue the development of WMD's. To deny that position now is ludicrous.

This is but one of many examples that I could cite, as the public record is rich with similar contradictive statements by the Left.

Finally, Bill Kristol writes an excellent article today in the regarding the President's Veteran's Day speech.

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1 comment:

Banditops said...

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the President of the United States, George W. Bush, once again snubbed and then insulted veterans. Is any one surprised? Not this Vet!

Traditionally, the Commander in Chief places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unkowns in Arlington National Cemetery. It is considered a duty that the CINC performs to reassure his troops that they will be remembered for their service and sacrifice. Today that didn't happen. Today those "Honored Dead" were sent the second string.

Instead, G. W. Bush gave a political speech in Pennsylvania, not to honor vets, but to explain how much progress has been made in his failed war on Iraq. How much progress has been made? He did use troops as a backdrop and maybe that will boost his abysmal ratings!

The man who did not finish out his contract with the Air National Guard did make veterans and those who still serve a promise. Was it for better health care, higher G.I. Bill allowances, help to keep young soldiers with families off of food stamps, concurrent receipt for those wounded in combat, or even removal of Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, the biggest single contributor to poor moral in the Armed Forces today? NO! It was his promise to urge the Congress to pass a flag burning amendment to the Constitution.

That's what we veterans need, a failure such as he messing with the document we swore to defend. It's worked well enough for over 200 years without his help, maybe we should keep it that way. But, then a feel good promise as opposed to actually doing something for service members and veterans is what we have come to expect!

Veteran of Operations: Desert Shield/Storm, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle
East Ridge, Tn

P.S. I welcome the comments of those Brave Defenders of this Administration who are too timid to put their life on the line for their country.