Excerpt Of The Day: The Bush Counter-Offensive Continues
Tonight, Bush has unloaded another salvo at the Democrats over the war in Iraq and luckily, the RNC sent me the text of his remarks. So from my inbox to your ears, here’s an excerpt from the speech that features George W. Bush laying a smackdown on the donks:
“Reasonable people can disagree about the conduct of the war –but it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people. Leaders in my Administration and members of Congress from both parties looked at the same intelligence on Iraq –and reached the conclusion that Saddam Hussein was a threat. Let me give you quotes from three senior Democrats: First, quote, “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons.” End quote. Here’s another one, quote, “The war against terrorism will not be finished as long as [Saddam Hussein] is in power.” End quote. And here’s the way another Democratic leader summed it up, quote, “Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think that the President’s approaching this in the right fashion.”
The truth is that investigations of the intelligence on Iraq have concluded that only one person manipulated evidence and misled the world –and that person was Saddam Hussein. In early 2004, when weapons inspector David Kay testified that he had not found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, he also testified that, quote, “Iraq was in clear material violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1441. They maintained programs and activities, and they certainly had the intentions at a point to resume their programs. So there was a lot they wanted to hide because it showed what they were doing that was illegal.” Eight months later, weapons inspector Charles Duelfer issued a report that found, quote, “Saddam Hussein so dominated the Iraqi Regime that its strategic intent was his alone. He wanted to end sanctions while preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction when sanctions were lifted.”
Some of our elected leaders have opposed this war all along. I disagree with them, but I respect their willingness to take a consistent stand. Yet some Democrats who voted to authorize the use of force are now rewriting the past. They are playing politics with this issue and sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. That is irresponsible.
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.” — George W. Bush
*** Update #1 ***: By the way, if you’re wondering about the identities of those Democrats that Bush quoted, here they are:
“_”There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons.” – Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
_”The war against terrorism will not be finished as long as (Saddam Hussein) is in power.” – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
_”Saddam Hussein, in effect, has thumbed his nose at the world community. And I think that the president’s approaching this in the right fashion.” – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.”
*** Update #2 ***: In the comments section, Maledicta asks a question that has been heard all across the blogosphere since Bush first went on the offensive last Friday:
“Why the hell did he wait so long to say this stuff?” — Maledicta
Of course, no one definitively knows the answer to that question except W. and a few of his close advisors, but I have a theory that I wrote about back on September 12, 2005:
“Bush started campaigning in early 2004, continued right up to the elections, then Bush moved on from there to governing. However, that’s not the case for the Democrats and the allies in the mainstream media. For them, the 2004 campaign NEVER REALLY ENDED. Sure, their candidate may have lost, but very little changed for them. They haven’t come up with any new ideas, they haven’t worked with Republicans to make the country better; instead they’ve put together an agenda that revolves around one simple goal: get Bush.
Maybe the Bush team has already realized that. If so, after having watched W., I can guess his strategy. In a way, it’s almost like an old military strategy. You allow your opponents to attack as you strategically retreat and then when they’re tired and their supply lines are overextended, you counterattack and smash them.
That’s a big part of how W. won the election in 2004. From 2000-early 2004 he stuck to his “new tone.” He rarely criticized the Democrats, he reached out to them, and then he ignored them when they went overboard. Then, when the time was right in early 2004, the Bush administration went on the offensive and buried the Democrats with their own words.”
Bush allowed the Democrats to throw everything they had at him for an entire year. They called him a liar, he said nothing. They were shrill, contradicted themselves, and became increasingly hypocritical and yet, Bush said nothing.
Now that the Dems have gotten way up high in the tree and way out on a branch, Bush is whipping out the hacksaw and getting to work. It would have been great if he’d gotten started on this a couple of months ago, but sometimes patience is a virtue, and because Bush took his time, he’s going to be particularly effective at cutting these liberals down to size — and oh yeah — it’ll be a lot of fun watching him do it.