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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Liberals Should Focus on Real Enemy

As we all know, the war on terror is an extremely difficult war that will likely last many years. It's a war that must be fought on many fronts. It will involve the military as well as law enforcement and intelligence agencies. It will require the hunting down and elimination of terrorists and the defeat of regimes that support them. In the long term, it will require the establishment of free states which educate their children to understand that there are more worthy goals in life than to strap on a bomb and blow yourself up. Yes, this war is difficult and complicated.

Making all of this even more difficult is the obsession Democrat party leaders seem to have with criticizing the Bush administration at every opportunity. They are so eager to attack the President that it seems to be of no concern to them that they are emboldening the enemy with many of their statements.

In a September, 2003 interview with The Associated Press, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass) called the war in Iraq "a fraud" and said that it was "made up in Texas" for political gain. He even went as far as to accuse the President of using American tax dollars to bribe foreign leaders to send troops to Iraq.

In May of 2004, speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate and referencing the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Kennedy stated, "Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management."

Kennedy's reckless comments are completely devoid of any foundation or evidence. Never-the-less, Al-Jazeera, the Arab news network, has been all too eager to post Kennedy's comments on its website for the entire Arab world to see. On January 17, 2005, Al-Jazeera quotes Kennedy outlining a whole litany of mistakes that he believes the Bush administration has made in Iraq. Along with this article is a picture of a military dog under control of a U.S. soldier. The dog is snarling at an Arab prisoner in an orange jump suit, on his knees with his hands cuffed behind his back. The caption under the picture reads as follows:

"The Abu Ghraib scandal is among
the US blunders, Kennedy said."

The terrorists don't need to distribute their own propaganda to motivate their fighters and indoctrinate their children. They can simply use the words of a U.S. Senator!

Unfortunately, it doesn't end with Kennedy. By now, most are aware of the words of Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). Also speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Durbin compared American treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the actions of Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, and Pol Pot. Durbin's words were also printed by Al-Jazeera, and in all probability have been used against U.S. soldiers.

When they're not busy making blatantly anti-American and arguably treasonous public statement such as those I've just mentioned, many liberal lawmakers and much of the mainstream media are focusing their energy on discrediting the President and his administration through childish personal attacks, fabricated misinformation, and purposeful obstruction.

In May of this year, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), in speaking about President Bush, told a group of high school students, "I think this guy is a loser."

Earlier this month, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) compared the President to Alfred E. Newman, the freckle-faced character in Mad magazine, saying, "I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Newman is in charge in Washington."

Most Americans are by now aware of CBS's election year attempt to discredit Bush's National Guard service by reporting information from documents that turned out to be forged. The current left-wing attempt to discredit the President and his administration is based on allegations that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove leaked to the press the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The mainstream media has widely reported that Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer of New York, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Nancy Pelosi of California, and a host of other Democrats have demanded Rove's resignation or firing. What the media has not been reporting, however, is that first, it's highly questionable whether or not Rove ever leaked Plame's identity at all, and second, Plame had not served in a covert capacity abroad or in a post involving foreign counterintelligence for more than five years; therefore, even if Rove did leak her name, absolutely no law was broken! Unfortunately, the truth is of little importance to the radical left who seem intent only on bringing down this President and regaining power.

Finally, consider the left's pure obstruction of nearly every one of the President's initiatives. The President announces his plan for social security reform. The Democrats' response: No. The President nominates John Bolton to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The Democrats' response: No. There is an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court for a new justice, and before the President has even had a chance to nominate anyone for the position, Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is quoted as stating, “We are contemplating how we are going to go to war over this.”

Imagine what could be accomplished if Senator Schumer and his liberal friends would unite with Republicans and go to war against the terrorists instead of against the President. The war would still be a difficult one, but at least we would all be fighting the real enemy.

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