Can you imagine what would happen if President Bush truly had delivered a partisan speech on the evening of September 11? We would never hear the end of it.
Other than honoring the victims of 9/11 and their families, the most important message the president could have sent on that solemn anniversary was that he remains committed to ensuring the victims did not die in vain.
The only way the United States will lose this protracted war is if its citizenry loses the resolve to fight it. And the American left and the Democratic Party are engaged in a rhetorical war either aimed at or having the inevitable consequence of demoralizing America's will to win. President Bush, as commander in chief, has a duty to answer their destructive rhetoric and refute their misinformation so that the public does not lose its will.
The president's Democratic war critics have been up in arms over his speech because he mentioned the war on terror and Iraq and defended his policies to the American people. Is it too much to ask that as fellow Americans they applaud his efforts rather than viewing them only as damaging to their interests?
It must be, because they have reacted hysterically to his speech, suggesting that just by virtue of outlining his policies President Bush was being unacceptably political -- even partisan.
Nonsense. A partisan speech would have been crafted and delivered quite differently. President Bush would not only have outlined the necessary steps he has undertaken to prosecute this global war on terror, such as the NSA terrorist surveillance program, the Patriot Act, the SWIFT financial tracking program, the data mining program to track terrorists' phone records and the multitude of other intelligence initiatives currently underway.
But he wouldn't have stopped there. He would have added, indignantly, "We are implementing a multi-pronged strategy to fight this war, but I'm sad to inform you that every step of the way, the once great Democratic Party is obstructing our efforts. This is mystifying to me, and I hate to point fingers, but unless I do our chances of succeeding will be greatly reduced because the only way we can lose is if you, the American people, decide we must terminate the mission before its successful completion.