A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, September 28, 2006

"Nothing but criticism and obstruction and endless second-guessing"

Finally. Finally. Finally.

Via Drudge:

AP: Bush Criticizes Democrats on Terror War---

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - President Bush suggested Thursday that Democrats don't have the stomach to fight the war on terror, battling back in the election-season clamor over administration intelligence showing terrorism spreading.

"Five years after 9/11, the worst attack on the American homeland in our history, Democrats offer nothing but criticism and obstruction and endless second-guessing," Bush said at a Republican fundraiser.

"The party of FDR and the party of Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run," Bush told a convention-center audience of over 2,000 people. The event put $2.5 million in the campaign accounts of Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and the state GOP.
Bravo, Mr. President!

On Thursday, Bush accused the opposition party of cherrypicking pieces of the report "for partisan political gain" and "to mislead the American people and justify their policy of withdrawal from Iraq."

"The greatest danger is not that America's presence in the war in Iraq is drawing new recruits to the terrorist cause," Bush said. "The greatest danger is that an American withdrawal from Iraq would embolden the terrorists and help them find new recruits to carry out even more destructive attacks."

Though not by name, he quoted Rep. Jane Harman of California, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, as saying that because of the Iraq war "it may become more likely" that the U.S. will have to contend with terrorists on its own soil again, rather than less likely as the president argues. And he quoted Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, as saying the world would be better off without the Iraq war and if former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein were still in power.

"Some in Washington, some decent people, patriotic people, feel like we should not be on the offensive in this war on terror," the president said. "We will fight them wherever they make a stand."
Frankly, I don't know about the "decent" and "patriotic" adjectives. When one hates one's country, one is NOT patriotic. Patriotism is love of one's country. Actions speak louder than words and the Libs actions definitely bear out their true feelings about America.

Even so, it is past time for the President to come out on the defensive. I'm glad to see if finally happening these last few months. The reason his poll numbers are rather low is that he has allowed the Democrats to call him every rotten thing under the sun, but has mostly declined to address their words. Time to fight fire with fire (which does not mean one must get in the gutters).

Does anyone know the Democrats' plan for defeating the dark and bloody threat of terrorism that will sweep the globe if someone does not stop it? All I have heard from the Libs is "Nothing but criticism and obstruction and endless second-guessing."

I think I will stick with the man who knows terrorism when he sees it and is prepared to fight it until his last breath.

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