Tell Me Another Lie Mr. President
Here come more war speeches from the Man, with a request that we don’t do what his Secretary of Defense and Vice President just did: politicize the war.
"These are important times and I would seriously hope people wouldn't politicize these issues that I'm going to talk about," the president said. "We have a duty in this country to defeat terrorists. That's why we'll stay on the offensive to bring them to justice before they hurt us. And that's why we'll work to spread liberty in order to achieve the peace."
Huh? Yes, we have a duty to defeat terrorists, which means you have failed to perform your duty. Where is Mr. "Dead or Alive"? Do the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq feel liberated, and what peace have you achieved in four years of your policy? This is what happens when your commander in chief is reduced to repeating illogical and nonsensical sound bites as a substitute for an actual effective policy.
While Bush said Iraq and terrorism shouldn't be politicized, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, only a day earlier, attacked critics of the administration's war policies and suggested they suffered from "cynicism and moral confusion."
Maybe Bush can direct his comments not only at Cheney and Rumsfeld, but also to Bill Frist and the RNC:
Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York called Rumsfeld's portrayal of Democrats a "strawman" and said Americans need answers on how to deal with a looming civil war in Iraq.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., shot back, saying Democrats were not committed to winning the war on terror. If they were, he asked, "Why does (Schumer's) party attack the president over and over again for using all the tools necessary to identify, track down and stop those who want to do us harm?" Democrats have objected to aspects of the president's terrorist surveillance program.
Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said the Democratic candidates' strategy is to criticize Republican efforts to win the war on terror, while elected Democrats are "committed to a strategy that will weaken our ability to defend America and make us less safe at home and abroad."
The White House is running a Tier One/Tier Two campaign at the Democrats, with Bush trying to act like his surrogates aren’t engaging in the exact behavior he complains about. Democrats need to point out this hypocrisy to the media in advance of his speeches.
And if Rove and Bush want to make the midterms a referendum on the war to the exclusion of all else, great.