Liberals criticize Bush most for the war with Iraq. Democrats demand congressional hearings on why Bush has "deceived" his country. Is it ironic that these inquiries come from presidential candidates like former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, or Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.)?
For Dean and Kerry it is easy to cry that Bush lied before Iraq's invasion, or lied about possible "lives lost" in combat, or my ever-favorite-that he lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The Iraq weapons issue amuses me. Everyone (both sides of the political fence) agrees that Saddam Hussein is still alive, which means Hussein is pretty good at hiding. Since he is so good at hiding himself, don't you think he is equally as clever at hiding weapons?
I think every television viewer was alarmed and scared when NBC newscasters (the late) David Bloom or David Gregory were giving their reports wearing a gas mask. Their experience made the threat of biological warfare seem all too real. Meanwhile, "hidden weapons" of mass destruction are a good thing. They are not in use, or contaminating people with anthrax, smallpox, or nerve gas, while we continue to locate them for destruction.
Another key talking point is that Bush incorrectly calculated how much this war would cost, and did not exact the length to rebuild Iraq. Sorry liberals, perhaps former President Clinton took the crystal ball up to Westchester (NY), no one can predict the future in a global environment rife with terrorist threats. If these Democrats paid attention to Bush's speeches, then they would recall this president telling us we have a "long road ahead."
This president knows that Iraq's regime change will take some time, and it will cost money. He has kept to this speech throughout his administration. A perfect example of Democrat's ineptitude was after Bush's national address (8 September 2003). Bush reassured the country we are doing all we can, and, "This will take time, and require sacrifice." Again--Bush has never wavered from this strategy. The following day, Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) launched a second-guess campaign against the Bush administration on Iraq.
Another Bush bashing technique is to attack our "going-it-alone" with Iraq without support from the United Nations. Bush has now requested peace keepers in Iraq. Rather than supporting his request, Democrat spin-doctor James Carville, and former Clinton aid Paul Begala, say to Bush "I told you so," on their CNN talk show. I dislike Clinton for many reasons, but popularizing these two parrot heads account for my greatest contension.
The United Nations is a peacekeeping organization. They do not fight or engage in wars. Iraq was a war. So, the USA did what was required, we won the war, and now it is time to keep peace. Bush recognizes how the UN is great at stabilization, but not at invading airports and hunting down armed men. And Bush is smart enough to realize our troops are trained in combat, a different set of skills are required with peacekeeping missions.
Aesop's Fable, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," characterizes how getting attention anyway you can -- backfires eventually. Now, the Democrats are grasping at anything to keep up momentum. If only they had as easy a shot as Republicans had with Clinton ---catch Bush with an intern? This president is too busy managing our nation for such trite acts of selfishness.
As the fable goes, "No one believes a liar, even when they tell the truth." Democrats will learn their lesson, because they'll lose in 2004--no matter how convincing their lies.