As Kerry Takes Lead In Another National Poll, Bush/Cheney Show Signs of Delusion And Desperation
"For President Bush, it's always someone else's fault, denial, and blaming someone else," the senator said. "The truth is, the responsibility lies with the commander in chief."
--John Kerry, at a news conference today in Colorado
On a day that saw Bush’s seven-point lead over Kerry in September’s AP/Ipsos Poll evaporate now into a four-point deficit against Kerry, (50%-46%), Kerry went on the attack against Bush on the issues of credibility and accountability. Kerry blasted Bush for a pattern of deception about Iraq.
"The president of the United States and the vice president of the United States may well be the last two people on the planet who won't face the truth about Iraq," Kerry told a news conference on the eve of his second debate with Bush.
Yep, the script has gotten much better since the Clinton Team came aboard.
Kerry then put the problem in Iraq into a historical context by stating that if Bush does nothing to improve the situation in Iraq between now and January, Kerry if elected would find a situation akin to what Reagan creeped into in Lebanon. And after Bush increased the sharpness of his attacks against Kerry out of desperation yesterday, Kerry returned fire today:
Bush conceded Thursday that Iraq did not have the stockpiles of banned weapons he had warned of before the invasion last year. But he maintained that Saddam retained the "means and the intent" to produce weapons of mass destruction and the United States was right to take action against him.
Kerry rejected the argument, saying that the evidence of weapons of mass destruction that the administration presented to Congress was why he and other lawmakers voted to give Bush the authority to go to war.
"My fellow Americans, you don't make up or find reasons to go to war after the fact," Kerry said. "Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States and the vice president of the United States may well be the last two people on the planet who won't face the truth about Iraq."
Kerry then looked into the camera and posed his challenge directly to Bush.
"Mr. President, the American people deserve more than spin about this war," Kerry said. "They deserve facts that represent reality, not carefully polished arguments and points that are simply calculated to align with a preconceived perception."
Kerry said he still believed that Saddam was a threat, but dozens of other countries have the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction or are home to al-Qaida operatives.
Kerry said the evidence of weapons of mass destruction was overblown and designed to "purposefully used to shift the focus from al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, to Iraq and Saddam Hussein."
Folks, after reviewing the comments made by Bush and Cheney over the last couple of days, it appears that the White House is not only delusional but also desperate. And it appears that in the run up to Friday’s debate, Kerry is committed to pushing Bush even harder than he did in the first debate.