Once again, Democrats, to divert the public's attention from their persistent obstruction in the war on terror, are falsely accusing Republicans of challenging their patriotism.
The flap concerns a 30-second Republican TV ad showcasing Democratic resistance to the president's efforts to defeat international terrorism. The ad shows clips of President Bush's last State of the Union address. In the first he says that with just one vial or canister in the wrong hands this country could experience horror like never before.
In a later clip, President Bush is shown pointing out that his opponents want to wait until the terrorist threat to us is imminent before taking action. They would prefer to retreat and put our national security in the hands of others, he says. A graphic then encourages people to support President Bush's policy of preemptive self-defense.
Democrats, including Senator Tom Daschle, started screaming bloody murder about the unfairness of the ad. You see, it's OK for Democrats to lie about Republicans wanting to starve schoolchildren, but it's wrong for Republicans to tell the truth about the Democrats' policies of appeasement toward terrorists and nations supporting them.
On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Daschle said, "It's wrong. It's erroneous, and I think that they ought to pull the ad. We all want to defeat terrorism." But "to chastise and to question the patriotism of those who are in opposition to some of the president's plans I think is wrong."
What? Where in the ad did President Bush question the Democrats' patriotism? He said nothing about that. He merely stated accurately their opposition to his policy of preemption and his decision to strike even without the approval of every nation on the planet.
Just what about those statements is wrong, Senator Daschle? If you are ashamed that President Bush is accurately characterizing your endless opposition, and if you think it makes you and your colleagues look unpatriotic, then perhaps you should consider changing your policies. But don't blame President Bush for pointing out the folly of your policies. And don't issue disingenuous preemptive political strikes against Republicans claiming they've questioned your patriotism when they haven't. But if that shoe fits and you don't like the way it looks -- that is, if you find it politically unstylish -- by all means, take it off.
Despite the Democrats' indignant protests about their patriotism, President Bush isn't making the charge that they are unpatriotic. But he is saying that their policies regarding the war on terror are reckless, foolish and contrary to our national security interests.