Tuesday, September 12, 2006


It was predictable, maybe even inevitable. You knew that Democrats would start whining about the president’s speech. This AP article catalogs some of the Democrats’ whining:

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Tuesday that Bush was “more consumed by staying the course in Iraq and playing election-year politics.” “The American people deserved better last night,” Reid said in a statement. “They deserved a chance to reclaim that sense of unity, purpose and patriotism that swept through our country five years ago.”

Sen. Reid would have you believe that Democrats are united in the war on jidadists with global ambitions. Nothing is further from the truth. The only thing that they’re united on is that President Bush is wrong. After that, they’re all over the map, from the original Kerry position, the Murtha position, the second Kerry position. Unfortunately, they’re ignoring the only sane Democratic position, the position espoused by Joe Lieberman and Zell Miller.

“The president should be ashamed of using a national day of mourning to commandeer the airwaves to give a speech that was designed not to unite the country and commemorate the fallen but to seek support for a war in Iraq that he has admitted had nothing to do with 9/11,” Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, (D-MA), said in a statement. “There will be time to debate this president’s policies in Iraq. September 11th is not that time.”

Shame on Sen. Kennedy. Why doesn’t Kennedy think that Saddam posed a serious risk to the U.S.? Does he think that Saddam’s support of terrorists was something to be ignored? Whether Sen. Kennedy admits it or not, the truth is that Iraq is part of the President’s plan in fighting Islamic extremists. Here’s what the PResident said about it in last night’s speech:

Osama bin Laden calls this fight “the Third World War”, and he says that victory for the terrorists in Iraq will mean America’s “defeat and disgrace forever.” If we yield Iraq to men like bin Laden, our enemies will be emboldened; they will gain a new safe haven; they will use Iraq’s resources to fuel their extremist movement. We will not allow this to happen. America will stay in the fight. Iraq will be a free nation, and a strong ally in the war on terror.

What specifically makes Sen. Kennedy think that President Bush’s Iraq policy is wrong? It seems to me that 9/11 is the perfect time to remind the nation of who we’re facing. Why does Sen. Kennedy think that the President shouldn’t remind us of the benefits of President Bush’s policies? Is it because Kennedy thinks that Democrats will suffer in the comparison? That’s my guess.

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