During a Veteran's Day speech in Pennsylvania, President George W Bush said that any politician who questions the motives for going to war in Iraq is undercutting the lives of those in the military. He linked the subject of rewriting history (by using hindsight for claiming no weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq) to directly and negatively affecting the men on the battle lines in Iraq.
The new attack against his critics, according to the White House, is a carefully planned strategy to boost President Bush's ratings in light of failing public trust following 2,059 military deaths in Iraq, failure to help the Gulf Coast from storm recovery, and the CIA leak scandal, which centered on vice president Richard Cheney's office.
"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," the president said to roaring cheers and applause. President Bush said the Democrats were convinced that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
"Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war," he said and added that his critics already know there was no manipulation of intelligence.
President Bush said that Iraq is now the center of the terrorist network, and he alleged "a radical Muslim empire" is growing "from Spain to Indonesia."
"We will never back down. We will never give in. We will never accept anything less than complete victory," he said to thunderous applause and cheers from some 2,000 gathered at the event.
He signaled a warning to Syria, saying the nation is exporting violence and must "start importing democracy."
The Democratic Party meanwhile is claiming victory from November 2005 election results, and say the public "has had it with Republicans" thus anticipate victories in mid-term elections one year from this month. Insiders say that Democrats already have enough legal evidence to prove the president invaded Iraq without just cause. Should Democrats win a majority of seats during mid-term elections in 2006, they could turn the tide against President Bush and begin impeachment proceedings for inciting war without just cause.
"...It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began," President Bush said directly in response to claims no weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq prior to invading in March 2003.
The president suggested not to look back, but only forward in order to stop terrorists. He said that terrorists wouldn't drive the United States out of Iraq prematurely.
During the week ending 11 November, 57 percent of voters said President Bush and his administration lack ethical standards and that the president himself is not trustworthy. The poll was taken by the Associated Press and Ipsos and found, for the first time during President Bush's administration, that he lacked the ethical support of people in the United States.
White men, southerners, and evangelical Christians made up the majority of the 40 percent of which maintain that the president is honest.
While it was the first time the question about President Bush's "stubborness" had been asked, 82 percent said President Bush is stubborn, with little difference of opinion between party lines.
Voters said that charges against Lewis Libby, vice president Cheney's executive administrative assistance gave them additional cause to question White House ethics and standards. After Libby was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice --for charges related to the intelligence leak-- the former assistant to the nation's No.2 man pleaded "not guilty" on 4 November. Libby, 55, was booked, fingerprinted and released. A trial date has not yet been set, but if Libby is found guilty he could face 30 years in prison.
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