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November 11, 2005

The Right Medicine

President Bush gave a speech today, Veteran’s Day, at a Pennsylvania Army Communications center, signaling a switch to offense:

President Bush forcefully attacked critics of the war in Iraq on Friday, accusing them of trying to rewrite history and saying they are undercutting American forces on the front lines.

"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," the president said in his combative Veterans Day speech.
…

"Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and mislead the American people about why we went to war," Bush said.

He said those critics have made those allegations although they know that a Senate investigation "found no evidence" of political pressure to change the intelligence community's assessments related to Saddam's weapons program.
He said they also know that the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions citing Saddam's development and possession of weapons of mass destruction.

"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," Bush said.
…

"We will never back down. We will never give in. We will never accept anything less than complete victory," he said Friday.

This is, hopefully, just a start. For too long, the President’s been absent from the debate. Maybe he thought it was over. After all, it’s been a couple years now. But, of course, anyone watching the news knows it's never stopped.

The left has continually criticized the U.S. presence in Iraq, undermined the effort and move to build Iraqi democracy because success there would mean they were wrong. The moments of triumph, purple fingers and Constitutions, have shamed them into semi-silence only momentarily.

They won’t stop. And neither should Bush.

Time will tell if this speech was just a one off job. It shouldn’t be. The loony-left needs be combated like the viral infection it is. One time shots won’t permanently suppress it. A steady course of antibiotics, continued long past the point its fever seems broken, is the only prescription.

Bush must follow up on this speech.


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