Democrats are outraged — outraged! — that Republicans are defending President Bush against critics who have attacked his direction of the War on Terror. After more than a year of pummeling the President’s handling of the war with every criticism they could think of, suddenly they are offended that he is mixing politics and foreign policy.
What has the Dems miffed is an ad that includes a clip of President Bush saying, “Our war against terror is a contest of will in which perseverance is power,” then displays upon the screen the sentence, “Some are now attacking the President for attacking the terrorists.”
Presidential candidate Wesley Clark complained that the ad “violate(s) the pledge the President made not to exploit 9/11 for political purposes.”
Oh, hogwash. Where were the Democrats when former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-GA, accused President Bush of knowing that the 9/11 attacks were coming but letting them happen anyway? She lost her seat in Congress over her accusations, and now she claims she was ousted from office in a Republican conspiracy. Just last week she told an audience that the White House is developing some race-based bio-weapons they can use against minorities and political enemies.
Where were the Democrats when Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky and other kooks accused the President of conspiracies similar to those alleged by McKinney?
Where were the Democrats when Sen. Ted Kennedy called the Iraq war a “fraud” and accused Bush of concocting the Iraq war plans in Texas purely for political gain?
We could go on, but you get the point.
The Bush ad didn’t even name names. It merely said “some” have criticized him for attacking the terrorists, and though that is not true of the more responsible of his critics, it certainly is true of some. If the Democrats want to clean up political rhetoric regarding the War on Terror, they ought to examine their own camp first.