Finally it seems the president is getting some good political advice. In his fourth speech yesterday on Iraq, Bush laid it out the situation in Iraq. To summarize, he said:
1.) The intelligence turned out to be wrong, but who cares because removing Saddam Hussein was still necessary. Exactly right. Remember that Saddam Hussein defied the United Nations for 12 years and that it was the policy of the United States to change the regime in Iraq throughout both Democratic and Republican administrations. That WMD was the sole reason for taking out Saddam is a revisionist fantasy of the left.
2.) Saddam was a threat to the American people. That's right...Saddam Hussein was harboring terrorists, financing suicide bombers and had the capability and the means to produce and sell nuclear weapons. These are facts.
Immediately following Bush's speech, military bashing Congressman John Al-Murtha began his tirade: "We've got nation building by the U.S. military, and that's not a mission for the U.S. military. I've said this over and over again: They're not good at nation building. You've given them a mission which they cannot carry out. They do the best they can, but they can't do it." More music to Zarqawi's ears. He must be using Murtha's press conferences to recruit new Islamic terrorists by now.
I am sure our fighting men and women in Iraq appreciate the vote of confidence by the Democrats. But Bush is on the right track here. Put the left on the defensive as much as possible, and keep hammering the facts.