Courtesy of RightWingNews, here is text of the President Bush’s speech today… the speech we’ve been waiting a while to hear. A big “up yours” to the hypocrticial Left that supports a war when it’s politically convenient, only to lie and drop support when the boots hit the ground.
“Our debate at home must also be fair-minded. One of the hallmarks of a free society and what makes our country strong is that our political leaders can discuss their differences openly, even in times of war. When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support. I also recognize that some of our fellow citizens and elected officials didn’t support the liberation of Iraq. And that is their right, and I respect it. As President and Commander in Chief, I accept the responsibilities, and the criticisms, and the consequences that come with such a solemn decision.
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 voted to 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.”
Welcome back, Mr. President. What took you so long to respond to the loony Left? Let’s hope this speech was the beginning of the comeback. Like Rocky Balboa bouncing off the ropes, bloodied and weary, but ready to start pounding… all leading up to the knockout punch. The fans have been restless wondering if the champ will survive the onslaught of vicious attacks… now rising to cheer on the man they’ve supported with all their political heart.
Today we saw the George W. Bush we elected. We saw the man who skips the pleasantries of phony Washington bullshit and simply tells it like it is. And I’m damned glad to finally see it.
And from Gateway Pundit comes the quote of the day, courtesy of John F. Kerry:
“History will show that none of the leading Democrats had substantial intelligence.”
I couldn’t agree more.