Did you see the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit Sunday evening? How about some choice gems from a few of the nine who would be president?
Bush's policy on Iraq seems to be their favorite subject. As a conservative my fervent hope is that the televised event enjoyed astronomical ratings. Voters need to see what these people are saying.
Indeed I think the Republican National Committee ought to consider underwriting a few more of these Bush-bashing, truth-challenged spectacles on prime time, sandwiched in between the highest-rated reality shows they can find. The only chance they have of unseating Bush is if insufficient numbers of people observe their puerile sniping.
Senator Kerry, in attempting yet again to spin out of the damning reality that he voted for the Iraq War resolution, had the audacity to insist that his current condemnation of the war is "absolutely consistent" with his vote on the resolution.
"What I voted for was to hold Saddam Hussein accountable but to do it right. … He has a fraudulent coalition. He promised he would go through the United Nations and honor the inspection process. He did not."
Senator Kerry, the fact is that you did not condition your resolution on any kind of an international coalition. If you think it was irresponsible of President Bush to go to war without the precise coalition of nations you say -- after the fact -- you prefer, then it was irresponsible of you to cast your vote authorizing him to go without that coalition. You can't have it both ways.
But the truth is, senator, you didn't impose that condition, because at the time, your political compass told you had no other choice but to support the resolution. You and your colleagues devised this line of criticism only after you saw no other holes in the brilliantly conceived and consummately performed military strategy to remove Saddam from power. Now that terrorists are trying to unsettle things in the post-war environment and weaken our resolve, you and your opportunistic chums are ratcheting up the bogus criticism.
The truth is that if any of you gentlemen remotely approached presidential timber, you'd be denouncing the foreign nations who didn't have the moral character and courage to join us in taking out this man who ceaselessly snubbed his nose at the international community. But your version of exhibiting leadership is to change your position retrospectively based on political considerations.
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