The White House is finally starting to echo what people like myself have been saying all along. At long last, questioning the motivations and judgement of the anti-freedom liberals who have been launching cheap shots for far too long. I don’t know what took so long. I don’t believe in answering every ridiculous remark that is made, but being a punching bag is not the answer. Speak softly and carry a big stick is a good rule of thumb. But just like war, you sometimes have to use the big stick.
The war on terror is just. Terrorism is not. The war in Iraq has been part of the war on terror. If anything, we haven’t done enough worldwide to go after terrorists and rogue leaders who mean to do the United States harm. We certainly haven’t done too much. Letting cheap shot artists go completely unanswered only makes the naive believe what they are saying. It’s so sad that we have politicians who try to benefit off the blood of brave Americans. We have a media that has completely failed the people.
The following are comments made from the Administration in the past couple weeks:
"No fair-minded person should ignore, deny or dismiss the achievements of the Iraqi people."
"When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support… While it’s perfectly legitimate to criticize my decisions or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began."
Many of these critics supported my opponent(John Kerry) during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: "When I vote to give the president of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hand is a threat and a grave threat to our security."
"That’s why more then a hundred Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence, voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power."
"The stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest is too important for politicians to throw out false charges. These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America’s will. 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 to 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 when — whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our nation is united, and we will settle for nothing less than victory."
"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."
"Only one person manipulated evidence and misled the world _ and that person was Saddam Hussein."
"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."
"It is patriotic as heck to disagree with the president. It doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is when people are irresponsibly using their positions and playing politics. That’s exactly what is taking place in America."
Vice President Cheney:
Democrats who say they were misled by the administration are "making a play for political advantage in the middle of a war." The criticism, Cheney said, threatens to undermine the morale of U.S. troops while "a few opportunists are suggesting they were sent into battle for a lie."
"one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."
"The president and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone," Cheney said last night. "But we’re not going to sit back and let them rewrite history."
"There was broad-based bipartisan agreement that Saddam Hussein was a threat . . . that he violated U.N. Security Council resolutions, and that, in a post-9/11 world, we couldn’t afford to take the word of a dictator who had a history of WMD programs, who had excluded weapons inspectors . . . who had committed mass murder," Cheney added. "Those are the facts."
Senate Democrats were "dishonest and reprehensible" for suggesting that President Bush lied to the nation about going to war in Iraq.
"withdrawal would be a victory for terrorists" and an "invitation to further violence."
"It is a dangerous illusion that another retreat by the civilized world would satisfy the appetite of terrorists .. We will not retreat in the face of adversity."
"What is not legitimate, and what I will again say is dishonest and reprehensible, is the suggestion by some U.S. senators that the president of the United States or any member of his administration purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence."
"Some of the most irresponsible comments have come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing the use of force against Saddam Hussein."
"Meanwhile, back in the United States, a few politicians are suggesting these brave Americans were sent into battle for a deliberate falsehood. This is revisionism of the most corrupt and shameless variety. It has no place anywhere in American politics, much less in the United States Senate."
"The enemy hears a big debate in the United States, and they have to wonder: ‘Maybe all we have to do is wait and we’ll win. We can’t win militarily.’ They know that. The battle is here in the United States."
"We have to all have the willingness to have a free debate, but we also all have to have the willingness to understand what the effects of our words are."