Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas said, "Five years after 9/11, our country is not as safe as it needs to be, or should be. Americans deserve real security, not just leaders who talk tough but fail to deliver." This, after we just foiled a deadly attack, not to mention that we haven't been hit with another major attack since 9/11, and not to mention if Democrats had their way on the Patriot Act and the NSA Surveillance program, we'd be much more vulnerable to attack.
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., said, "Five years after 9/11, it is clear that our misguided policies are making America more hated in the world and making the war on terrorism harder to win." Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, "The Iraq war has diverted our focus and more than $300 billion in resources from the war on terrorism and has created a rallying cry for international terrorists."
Are Kennedy and Reid not apologizing for the terrorist plotters here, implying Bush's foreign policy has given the terrorists grounds to attack us? Well, how about these two senators joining the rallying cry against the terrorists instead of President Bush?
These people are either inexcusably clueless about the nature of the terrorists and the gravity and scope of the threat they pose, or they are aware and choose to lend them moral support anyway. Remember, they aren't just pontificating university professors but Democratic Party leaders.
The Democrats' position on the war, in lieu of a plan, is that we've diverted our resources by deposing Saddam instead of pursuing bin Laden. But we have never ceased vigorous pursuit of bin Laden. More important, we are fighting a war not just against bin Laden and Al Qaeda, but Islamic fascism, which also includes Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations.
Whether or not we capture bin Laden, there will always be plenty of others to take his place. This is a global war with a global enemy driven by a hateful, life-devaluing ideology. Wake up, Democrats, and either get on board or get out of the way; and quit accusing Republicans of politicizing the war to mask your own engagement in the practice and your failure to contribute anything constructive to this national cause.