WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President George W. Bush has been working hard to make the world a more peaceful place. He launched Operation Enduring Freedom, which tossed the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, and he's got Osama bin Laden's band of terrorists on the run, rounding them up one by one. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein no longer rules, his people have been liberated and the dictator's threat has been neutralized.
Even in the Middle East, President Bush pushed Yasser Arafat, the terrorist leader of the Palestinians, to the sidelines, and this week presided over historic negotiations in which Arab leaders denounced "the culture of extremism and violence" and professed a desire to "continue to fight the scourge of terrorism against humanity," while Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised cooperation in the creation of a Palestinian state.
Ironically, peace seems possible in the Middle East -- the most volatile cauldron of animosity and violence in the world -- but elusive inside the Democrat Party, where unified opposition to the majority party would seem a natural. But the president's success overseas and tax relief victory at home have contributed to his consistently high approval ratings and left the Left in a state of disrepair.
With their predictions on Iraq proven wrong, liberal Hollywood critics have exited stage left. It's curtains for one of the Democrats' big money mavens, Martha Stewart. The chief disseminators of liberal propaganda -- The New York Times and CNN -- have fallen on hard times. The likelihood of recapturing a majority in either the House or the Senate grows more distant each day and has left Terry McAuliffe's troops in a funk or in the unemployment line. A bitter battle rages within the ranks of organized labor and the Democrat Leadership Council is criticizing challengers to President Bush as coming from the "McGovern-Mondale wing" of the party, which is "defined principally by weakness abroad and elitist, interest-group liberalism at home."
Two of those challengers, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and ex-Governor Howard Dean, D-Vt., are flaunting their liberal bona fides trying to win the hearts of the "McGovern-Mondale" activists who dominate Democrat primaries. It is a bitter public dispute in which William Jefferson Clinton has unsuccessfully tried to play peacemaker, and in the latest twist, Dean has accused Kerry of stealing his speech material. With Dean tagging Kerry as a plagiarist, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden has been inspired to reconsider his chances of getting into the race.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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