And just a few months later, where were the calls for a criminal inquiry when members of Congress investigating the Sept. 11 attacks leaked sensitive intelligence from the super-secret National Security Agency just to discredit the administration?
Congressional hypocrisy over the alleged leak is matched by the indignity of the media that appears to have declared all out war in an effort to unseat this president. Stunned by the success of our military in Iraq, those who opposed using force to unseat Saddam still haven't given up trying to use the men and women of our armed forces against their commander in chief.
Even as Bush patiently waited seven months for the United Nations to debate the issue of force, Teddy Kennedy put his fellow Democrats on notice that they were to unite behind Hans Blix and the French, and denounced the president for "rushing down the path to war." Since he made those remarks in January, Kennedy has descended into the depths.
"This," Teddy charged, referring to the war in Iraq, "was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud." Kennedy insists that because the president didn't plan properly, "our troops are paying with their lives."
The game plan is to ignore the very real progress being made in Iraq, hype the problems and try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory after the most successful military campaign in American history. Editors at Time magazine apparently received their instructions.
Since July, Time has run four cover stories attacking the president's efforts in Iraq. July 14: "Peace Is Hell." July 21: "Untruth and Consequences." Sept. 1: "Are We Stretched Too Thin?" But the most egregious is their Oct. 6 issue that features a photo of President Bush after landing aboard the carrier USS Lincoln with a caption that reads, "Mission NOT Accomplished." The title of the story inside the magazine: "So, What Went Wrong?"
Answer: not nearly as much as the editors of Time and other news organizations would lead us to believe. Last week, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld explained in The Wall Street Journal that there is a great deal more successes in Iraq than the media reports. Most hospitals and universities are up and running; an army and security forces are being retrained; businesses are opening; and a central bank has been established.
None of that matters because no weapons of mass destruction have been found. Forget that Saddam had seven months to hide, destroy or move them. We know he had them -- he used them. Yes, it will take time to find them, and, Lord willing, when we do find them they won't be in the hands of terrorist groups like Hezbollah or Islamic Jihad. Once Democratic rule is established in Iraq, the new government will have added incentive to ensure that any weapons of mass destruction or their remnants are destroyed so they don't fall into the wrong hands.
Unfortunately, Democrats seem to see this president as their enemy. It would be nice if they could put aside their lust for power and focus their ire on America's true enemy -- the terrorists.
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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