WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two weeks ago, a Democrat plan to unseat the president of the United States was discovered. What was unusual was the plan was not found in the office of James Carville, Howard Dean or even the Democrat National Committee, but in the offices of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, apparently written by a Democrat staffer on the committee.
The document, as detailed last week in this column, outlines a political plan to use the Senate Intelligence Committee to ramp up opposition to the war on terror, the president and his administration. Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., a decorated war veteran, who once served as vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, called the attack plan "cynical" and "destructive," and warned that such partisanship will hurt our long-term national security efforts. Sen. Zell Miller went even further. "If this is not treason," the Georgia Democrat said, "it's the first cousin of treason." Al Gore called it "trivial."
The memo suggests that Democrats "pull the trigger" on their plan next year -- high political season. But the Bush haters couldn't wait -- they are already in full attack mode.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., introduced a formal resolution asking the president to give the Bronx Cheer to Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld and send him packing. Immediately, 25 of Charlie's pals in the House notified him that they, too, wanted a piece of Rumsfeld's scalp as treasure to parade before their rabid supporters. Rangel and his merry band of head hunters accuse Rumsfeld of "gross mismanagement," "repeated miscalculations," a "lack of sensitivity" and having "misled the American people" -- everything but stealing food from Iraqi children.
Among those accusing Rumsfeld of gross negligence are such Democrat luminaries as Reps. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who several months ago tried to goad Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee into a fistfight; Jim McDermott, D-Wash., who provided propaganda for Saddam's government with a visit to Iraq last October; Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, who believes his proposed "Department of Peace" is the panacea to the world's many dangers; and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., the only member of the House who voted against going to war in Afghanistan and responding to the murder of 3,000 of our fellow Americans. Thankfully, these members of Congress do not constitute our first line of defense against terrorism.
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.