Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Rummy steps in to the fray!

This kind of thing, while months overdue, is very refreshing to hear:
For months, they[ed - Democrats] have accused Mr. Bush of leading the nation to war by misstating the intelligence on the Iraqi dictator's suspected stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
Not so, said Mr. Rumsfeld, who suggested that misstating the facts hurts the morale of service members now fighting a deadly insurgency in Iraq and trying to instill democracy.
'We've got men and women serving in Iraq, risking their lives on the one hand and on the other hand, we have people suggesting that the reason we're there was because the president decided to go in based on information that was unique to him,' the defense secretary said. 'And it wasn't unique to him. The information that he based his decision on was the same information that President Clinton and the previous administration had. It's the same information members of the House and Senate had.'
He quoted directly from Mr. Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger. All warned about the dangers of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, and all received basically the same intelligence on Iraq that Mr. Bush cited in justifying war after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Great stuff Rummy, bout time too.

The official party line from the Democrats concerning this new offensive was voiced by Dick Durbin:
"Why is this president striking out, trying to attack his critics?" said Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat. "Because, frankly, he's vulnerable. He is vulnerable on the charge that his administration did not level with the American people when it came to the reality on the ground in Iraq before we invaded."
Wrong answer Dicky! He's making this offensive because people like you and your friends in the media continually putting your hatred for the President above the good of this country by repeating documentable lies and false accusations. You claim to support the troops and yet you disingenuously undermine their mission by trying to score political points against someone who isn't even running for office. You are the one who has embraced the Orwellian idea that Iraq is Vietnam 2.0. If you have a legitimate complaint about how the war was handled speak up so we can try to GET IT RIGHT! But until you start acting like we're all on the same side then you have no right to criticize.

The offensive continues to grow as Ken Mehlman and the RNC put out a video yesterday which included clips of Democrats making hawkish statements about the war. The statements that they have tried to deny making or claim they were deceived. Go here for the video. And then show it to your friends next time the "Bush Lied" statement comes out.

Don Surber looks at how the Whitehouse slams the New York Times:
Remember when Lewis Libby was indicted? Remember what Uncle Donny said? They wanted a Harley, they got a Scooter.
With this behind, the White House forges ahead. Critics are being answered with light, not heat. The latest to fall: The New York Times, which tried in an editorial today to pretend Bush made up WMD intel out of thin air.
Read his whole post, he has an excellent blog.

I will continue to update on the offensive, it will be a few days before we start seeing any measurable results. But I know one thing that has happened already, Bush has the conservatives feeling good again.