Mr. President, what took you so long? You should have come out swinging a long time ago. I guess it's better late than never.
These highlights of your speech say it clearly:
"While it is perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs. They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessment of Saddam Hussein.
They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions citing his development and possession of weapons of mass destruction. Many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: 'When I vote to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security.' That's why more than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power.
"The stakes in the global War on Terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges. These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will. As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who send them to war continue to stand behind them. Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough. And our troops deserve to know that whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our Nation is united, and we will settle for nothing less than victory."
So, 100 House and Senate Democrats also agreed to remove Saddam Hussein. Funny, but I did not see that reported with the same intensity and consistency as the "Bush lied" accounts. As a matter of fact, I did not see it reported at all with the exception of a few conservative bloggers and few, if any, MSM reports.
The far left Democrats still don't get it or just refuse to get it. It's a Global War on Terror and the US has its troops on the front lines of this conflict. Islamic radicalism is attacking our way of life! It's more than just politics as usual.
I understand how political capital is created on both sides of the partisan divide by the use of the news media. A news media that has as much restraint as a flea sizing up a dog's back.
However, when facts about how the decisions to go to war are distorted by the far left in such a way as to undermine the government's efforts, it's behavior that borders on insanity. Repeating the same false and scurrilous accusations over and over and over using every possible media outlet and hoping that they will "stick" is disturbingly obvious. It's sad and discouraging to find that many mainstream Democrats are "going along" with this tactic. This kind of outrageous finger-pointing partisanship can only strengthen the terrorists' resolve as they sense chaos and confusion on our homefront.
Let's hope that all the dramatis personae of this crisis will find their way back to more altruistic endeavors instead of the narrow and self-indulgent groupthink that is being offered as a benefit to the public good.