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Bush, "The Worst President", Stacks Up Very Well
Durham, NC paper | Unknown

Posted on 02/08/2004 12:44:00 PM PST by Keen-Minded

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Bush, "The Worst President", Stacks Up Very Well The following appeared in the Durham, NC local paper as a letter to the editor.

Liberals claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. One liberal recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history.

Let's clear up one point: We didn't start the war on terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists on 9/11.

Let's look at the "worst" president and mismanagement claims.

FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.

Truman finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,333 per year.

John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975,58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.

Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home. Worst president in history? Come on!

Appeared in Durham paper.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004; alqaida; bush; clinton; iran; iraq; johnson; kennedy; lybia; northkorea; president; roosevelet; terror; truman; war
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I don't know if was posted before, but I thought it was worth sharing.
1 posted on 02/08/2004 12:44:01 PM PST by Keen-Minded
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To: Howlin
North Carolina *ping!*
2 posted on 02/08/2004 12:47:34 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (All Our Base Are Belong To Dubya)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Radix; HiJinx; Spiff; JackelopeBreeder; Da Jerdge; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; ...
Patriots another way to aggravate the RATS when they complain about GW.
3 posted on 02/08/2004 12:51:18 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Keen-Minded
In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home. Worst president in history? Come on!

Wow! That is a great letter.

4 posted on 02/08/2004 12:52:06 PM PST by WOSG (Support Tancredo on immigration. Support BUSH for President!)
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To: Keen-Minded
Well worth considering what with the pro-communist John "F-ing" Kerry looking like Bush's opponent come November.
5 posted on 02/08/2004 12:52:36 PM PST by nightdriver
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To: Keen-Minded
In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home. Worst president in history? Come on!

My gosh, no wonder he's so detestable! Anybody that's accomplished all that ought to be impeached! (off extreme sarcasm)

Prairie

6 posted on 02/08/2004 12:52:46 PM PST by prairiebreeze (WMD's in Iraq -- The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.)
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To: prairiebreeze
The biggest problem for the GOP is to counter the Rats lies. They're all over the TV spewing lies and false info and the GOP isn't countering them with FACTS !
8 posted on 02/08/2004 12:57:37 PM PST by america-rules (It's US or THEM so what part don't you understand ?)
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To: Keen-Minded
John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975,58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.

The sheeple forget that Nixon, a Republican got us out of Vietnam.

I had this very conservation with my liberal mother. It is sooo much fun to shut her down with the facts. She was bi!chin about Bush and comparing the war on terror with Vietnam.

I just quietly asked who got us started in Vietnam, she couldn't (or wouldn't) answer me. I informed her that JFK did. The look on her face was priceless, she looked like I had slapped her. I then asked her who got us out of Vietnam, she didn't like that answer either. Oh well, facts are a bitter pill for the Dem/Lib to swallow.

9 posted on 02/08/2004 1:00:06 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: Keen-Minded
- German/Italy declared war on the U.S. first.
- Truman got the U.S. involved in Vietnam first.
10 posted on 02/08/2004 1:03:20 PM PST by stylin19a (Is it vietnam yet ?)
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To: Keen-Minded
Terrific letter.
11 posted on 02/08/2004 1:04:08 PM PST by tkathy (The nihilistic islamofascists and the nihilistic liberals are trying to destroy this country)
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To: Keen-Minded
Nice Strategery
12 posted on 02/08/2004 1:08:39 PM PST by mylife
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To: Keen-Minded
The revised DoD figures for the Korean War are 36,916 U.S. dead (including 33,667 battle deaths)...which works out to about 12,000 per year of open warfare.
13 posted on 02/08/2004 1:14:49 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Keen-Minded
Absolutely worth sharing .. anytime somebody with a brain can make that kind of analysis .. that's worth sharing. I wonder how many people will now think twice when they hear a democrat call the President the "worst ever".
14 posted on 02/08/2004 1:22:07 PM PST by The Final Harvest (The 2004 Election is for the SOUL of AMERICA)
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To: CyberAnt
Email all your friends a copy of the editorial.
15 posted on 02/08/2004 1:27:16 PM PST by Keen-Minded
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To: Keen-Minded
Excellent letter.
16 posted on 02/08/2004 1:29:27 PM PST by Grampa Dave (John F' Kerry! You are not John F. Kennedy! You're just another $oreA$$ puppet.)
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To: Keen-Minded
Thanks.
17 posted on 02/08/2004 1:30:06 PM PST by freekitty
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To: Keen-Minded
The author left out WWI which was started by Wilson and the Germans never attacked us.

Then the Cold War started by Truman and finally ended by Ronald Reagan.

The the War on Poverty started by LBJ and we are still wasting billions per year on that quagmire.
18 posted on 02/08/2004 1:32:22 PM PST by Grampa Dave (John F' Kerry! You are not John F. Kennedy! You're just another $oreA$$ puppet.)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
JFK didn't get us started in Vietnam
19 posted on 02/08/2004 1:36:57 PM PST by Leatherneck_MT (Good night Chesty, wherever you may be.)
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To: Keen-Minded
Love this.
20 posted on 02/08/2004 1:38:35 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Bush in '04: Because I want to outlive Osama Bin Laden.)
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To: Keen-Minded
"Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Usama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Usama has attacked us on multiple occasions."

Keep in mind the Dems got us out of Vietnam (which we fought because it was a war against Communism) by using excessive legislation to cripple our military. After the Dems took harder-line control of Congress in the 1972 elections, they started attacking the President and demanded Congress approve troop assignments for more than sixty days. That, and the Democrats' refusal to support the Free South, let the Commy North have Vietnam.

Here is a list of Usama's Attacks on America:

1996: Attack on jet in Ethiopia, kills CIA agent Leslie Ann Shedd and Israeli agents. In the hijacking, the bodies of the Agent and Israeli officials were dumped in the water. (Debka)

1998: Attack on United States Embassy in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam.

2000: Attack planned for United States Navy vessel, homicide bombing boat sank before it reached its target.

2000: Attack on the U. S. S. Cole.

2001: Attack on the World Trade Centre 1 and 2, and the Pentagon. Attack with shoe bomber was stopped.

2003: Attack on Saudi Arabia involving areas where our civilians are working.

There are other Al Qaeda related scenes of murder which Our Bravest has vowed to stop.

21 posted on 02/08/2004 1:45:03 PM PST by Bobby Chang
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To: SandRat
It falls on deaf ears. They are so full of hate they're beyond reason.
22 posted on 02/08/2004 1:58:51 PM PST by beckysueb (Lady Liberty is in danger! Bush/Cheney 04.)
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To: america-rules
He will in due time.
23 posted on 02/08/2004 1:59:48 PM PST by beckysueb (Lady Liberty is in danger! Bush/Cheney 04.)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked; Keen-Minded
In my lifetime Jimmy Carter is hands down the worst President. High unemployment, high interest rates, high gas prices, an impotent foreign policy, a stipped own military that could not get the hostages out of Iran, etc.

Clinton wasn't our worst President. As George Will said, "He was, however, the worst person we had as President".

The worst in my lifetime, Carter, Johnson, Nixon, Clinton.

24 posted on 02/08/2004 2:10:30 PM PST by Lawgvr1955 (Sic Semper Tyrannus)
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To: Keen-Minded
great article, esp, the closing paragraph! What makes the libs more mad? That Bush did THAT or that BUSH did that?
25 posted on 02/08/2004 2:15:21 PM PST by votelife (Elect a Filibuster Proof Majority)
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To: Keen-Minded
Germany never attacked us:

German U-boats sank a few US Destroyers in the North Atlantic prior to Germany declaring war on the USA on 12/11/1941.

26 posted on 02/08/2004 2:34:45 PM PST by xrp
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To: SandRat
Bump.
27 posted on 02/08/2004 2:38:18 PM PST by Missouri
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To: WOSG
That "loser" has got MY vote!
28 posted on 02/08/2004 2:39:09 PM PST by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Bobby Chang
Great letter. I'm printing a copy for my office bulltin board.

Folks, Bush's actions have also done a lot to shut down further acts of terrorism here in the US. I am personally aware of a couple incidents and I imagine there may be numerous others around the country. They may never be known to the public in our lifetime in order to reveal as little as possible about our weaknesses and our defenses.
29 posted on 02/08/2004 2:59:17 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Grampa Dave
We still got guys in Haiti in one of Clinton's other wars?

Sorry, I would take longer to write but I'm off to see the monument where Kosovo attack the US and killed all those Americans. That's why we didn't pre-emptively bomb them back to the dark ages. It was emptive. I'm not sure where the monument is, so it may take a bit of time to find it.
30 posted on 02/08/2004 2:59:45 PM PST by Joe_October (Saddam supported Terrorists. Al Qaeda are Terrorists. I can't find the link.)
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To: Keen-Minded
The war really started in 93 when osama and his group attacked out troops in Somalia. Don't forget the first WTC bombing in 93 also. As well as all the other attacks since.
The war began under party boy who kicked the can to the next president. If he had done his job the towers would still be standing.
32 posted on 02/08/2004 3:17:06 PM PST by chuckwalla
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To: Keen-Minded
Numbers on ww2 are wrong, think 360,000 more correct. But that's just nit pickin. I have my problem with Bush but he is far, far from the worst president. He's good in a lot of ways and bad in some very important ways. Looking at what the rats have to offer, W is head and shoulders better.
33 posted on 02/08/2004 3:23:54 PM PST by jpsb (Nominated 1994 "Worst writer on the net")
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
I informed her that JFK, technically correct but LBJ really got us in that war. The commitment Kennedy made was small and could have easily been withdrawn, just a couple of thousand advisors as I recall. LBJ jumped in with both feet, over the (dead bed) advice of our most senior and experienced military commander in the Asian theater, MacAuthor. Would Kennedy have been so foolish? No one can say but Kennedy was no dummy.

Your point is still valid, LBJ [spit] was a rat.

34 posted on 02/08/2004 3:31:45 PM PST by jpsb (Nominated 1994 "Worst writer on the net")
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To: Lawgvr1955
"In my lifetime Jimmy Carter is hands down the worst President. High unemployment, high interest rates, high gas prices, an impotent foreign policy, a stipped own military that could not get the hostages out of Iran, etc."

Agree. Carter was the worst President of my lifetime.
The most failed President since Hoover ... actually the term "miserable failure" comes to mind.

Clinton was a bad man. And not a good President. But not the worst President, for sure, and we did enjoy prosperity and peace although both were something of an illusion near the end (it became an era of corruption, complacency and bubble-economics).


35 posted on 02/08/2004 3:41:09 PM PST by WOSG (Support Tancredo on immigration. Support BUSH for President!)
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To: WOSG
Actually the combat related deaths are under 400. Less than the homicide rates of Philly, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York annually.

Not to minimize the other deaths but they were accidents in a war zone. How many lives are lost to accidents in the US every year.
36 posted on 02/08/2004 3:42:08 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (black dogs are my life)
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To: IcycleMort
"Our soldiers should only fight in our very own interests! Iraq didn't pose a threat militarically"

The Iraq war ABSOLUTELY was in our interests to fight and win. Saddam WAS developing WMDs, he WAS defying UN resolutions, he WAS aiding and training terrorists, he WAS a tyrant who we had to keep in a box with sanctions and no-fly zones.

We were in a state of semi-war already from 1991 to 2003. We had a choiceto let the sanctions policy and the corrupt oil-for-palaces program continue, or walk away and let Saddam go free to build his WMDs and power back up. Or to finish what we should have done in 1991.

It absolutely was the right thing to do to Liberate the Iraqi people from Saddam's reign of terror.

37 posted on 02/08/2004 3:46:28 PM PST by WOSG (Support Tancredo on immigration. Support BUSH for President!)
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To: IcycleMort
BTW, welcome to FR.

Guess who said these things? ...

This worldwide campaign began after the attacks of September 11th, 2001, a watershed event in the history of our nation. We lost more people that morning than were lost at Pearl Harbor. And this was the merest glimpse of the violence terrorists are willing to inflict on this country. They desire to kill as many Americans as possible, with the most destructive weapons they can obtain. They target the innocent as a means of spreading chaos and fear, and to shake our national resolve. This enemy holds no territory, defends no population, is unconstrained by rules of warfare, and respects no law of morality. Such an enemy cannot be deterred, contained, appeased, or negotiated with. It can only be destroyed, and that's the business at hand.

For decades, terrorists have attacked Americans - and we remember every act of murder, including 17 Americans killed in 1983 by a truck bomb at our embassy in Beirut; and 241 servicemen murdered in their sleep in Beirut; an elderly man in a wheelchair, shot and thrown into the Mediterranean; a sailor executed in a hijacking; two of our soldiers slain in Berlin; a Marine lieutenant colonel kidnapped and murdered in Lebanon; 189 Americans killed on a PanAm flight over Scotland; six people killed at the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; 19 military personnel killed at the Khobar Towers; 12 Americans killed at our embassies in East Africa; 17 sailors murdered on the USS Cole; and an American diplomat shot dead in Jordan last year.

All of these were terrible acts that still cause terrible grief. Yet September 11th signaled the arrival of an entirely different era. We suffered massive civilian casualties on our soil. We awakened to dangers even more lethal - the possibility that terrorists could gain weapons of mass destruction from outlaw regimes and inflict catastrophic harm. And something else is different about this new era: Our response to terrorism has changed, because George W. Bush is President of the United States. For decades, terrorists have waged war against this country. Now, under the leadership of President Bush, America is waging war against them.

Our strategy in the war on terror is based on a clear understanding of the enemy, and a clear assessment of our national interest. Having lost thousands of Americans on a single morning, we are not going to answer further danger by simply issuing diplomatic protests or sharply worded condemnations. We will not wait in false comfort while terrorists plot against innocent Americans. We will not permit outlaw states and terror groups to join forces in a deadly alliance that could threaten the lives of millions of Americans. We will act, and act decisively, before gathering threats can inflict catastrophic harm on the American people.

From the first hour, we've known that the war on terror would be long and difficult. It would test our resolve, demand many sacrifices - above all, from the fine young men and women who defend this country.

The skill and courage of our military have brought a series of major successes in this war. With the best of allies at our side, America took the battle directly to the terrorists hiding in Afghanistan. The Afghan people have reclaimed their country from a depraved regime, and the violent rule of the Taliban has been ended forever.

America and our allies have continued the relentless pursuit of the global terror network. Of those directly involved in organizing the September 11th attacks, many are now in custody or confirmed dead. The leadership of al Qaeda has sustained heavy losses. We must recognize, however, that terrorism is a long-term challenge, and fighting terrorism will require a long-term commitment. The loose and decentralized networks of terrorism are still finding recruits, still plotting attacks. A hateful ideology, which defiles a great religion, has taken root in many parts of the world. Terrorists have conducted attacks since September 11th in Bali, Mombassa, Casablanca, and Riyadh. The terrorists intend to strike America again. Yet no one should doubt the intentions of our nation: One by one, in every corner of the world, we will hunt the terrorists down and destroy them.

In Iraq, we took another essential step in the war on terror. The United States and our allies rid the Iraqi people of a murderous dictator, and rid the world of a menace to our future peace and security.

Events leading to the fall of Saddam Hussein are fresh in memory, and do not need recounting at length. Every measure was taken to avoid a war. But it was Saddam Hussein himself who made war unavoidable. He had a lengthy history of reckless and sudden aggression. He bore a deep and bitter hatred for the United States. He cultivated ties to terrorist groups. He built, possessed, and used weapons of mass destruction. He refused all international demands to account for those weapons.

Twelve years of diplomacy, more than a dozen Security Council resolutions, hundreds of UN weapons inspectors, and even strikes against military targets in Iraq - all of these measures were tried to compel Saddam Hussein's compliance with the terms of the 1991 Gulf War cease-fire. All of these measures failed. Last October, the United States Congress voted overwhelmingly to authorize the use of force in Iraq. Last November, the UN Security Council passed a unanimous resolution finding Iraq in material breach of its obligations, and vowing serious consequences in the event Saddam Hussein did not fully and immediately comply. When Saddam Hussein failed even to comply then, President Bush, on March 17th, gave him and his sons 48 hours to leave Iraq. Saddam's decision to defy the world was among the last he made as the dictator of that country.

I have watched for more than a year now as President Bush kept the American people constantly informed of the dangers we face, and of his determination to confront those dangers. There was no need for anyone to speculate what the President was thinking; his words were clear, and straightforward, and understood by friend and enemy alike. When the moment arrived to make the tough call - when matters came to the point of choosing, and the safety of the American people was at stake - President Bush acted decisively, with resolve, and with courage.

Now the regime of Saddam Hussein is gone forever. And at a safe remove from the danger, some are now trying to cast doubt upon the decision to liberate Iraq. The ability to criticize is one of the great strengths of our democracy. But those who do so have an obligation to answer this question: How could any responsible leader have ignored the Iraqi threat?

Last October, the Director of Central Intelligence issued a National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq's Continuing Programs of Weapons of Mass Destruction. That document contained the consensus judgments of the intelligence community, based upon the best information available about the Iraqi threat. The NIE declared -- quote: "We judge that Iraq has continued its weapons of mass destruction program, in defiance of UN Resolutions and restrictions. Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons, as well as missiles with ranges in excess of UN restrictions. If left unchecked, it probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade." End quote.

Those charged with the security of this nation could not read such an assessment and pretend that it did not exist. Ignoring such information, or trying to wish it away, would be irresponsible in the extreme. And our President did not ignore that information - he faced it. He sought to eliminate the threat by peaceful, diplomatic means and, when all else failed, he acted forcefully to remove the danger.

Consider another passage from last October's National Intelligence Estimate; it reported -- quote: "all key aspects - the R&D, production, and weaponization - of Iraq's offensive [biological weapons] program are active and that most elements are larger and more advanced than they were before the Gulf War." End quote.

Remember, we were dealing here with a regime that had already killed thousands of people with chemical weapons. Against this background, to disregard the NIE's warnings would have been irresponsible in the extreme. And our President did not ignore that information - he faced it, and acted to remove the danger.

Take a third example. The NIE cautioned that quote: "Since inspections ended in 1998, Iraq has maintained its chemical weapons effort, energized its missile program, and invested more heavily in biological weapons; in the view of most agencies, Baghdad is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program." End quote.

Here again, this warning could hardly be more blunt, or disturbing. To shrug off such a warning would have been irresponsible in the extreme. And so President Bush faced that information, and acted to remove the danger.

A fourth and final example. The National Intelligence Estimate contains a section that specifies the level of confidence that the intelligence community has in the various judgments included in the report. In the NIE on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, the community had "high confidence" in the conclusion that "Iraq is continuing, and in some areas expanding, its chemical, biological, nuclear and missile programs contrary to U.N. Resolutions." The Intelligence Community also had high confidence in the judgment that - and I quote: "Iraq could make a nuclear weapon in months to a year once it acquires sufficient weapons-grade fissile material." End quote.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is some of what we knew. Knowing these things, how could we, I ask, have allowed that threat to stand?

These judgments were not lightly arrived at - and all who were aware of them bore a heavy responsibility for the security of America. When the decision fell to him, President Bush was not willing to place the future of our security, and the lives of our citizens, at the mercy of Saddam Hussein. And so the President acted. As he said in the announcement of military action: "We will meet that threat now, with our Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefighters and police and doctors on the streets of our own cities."

Critics of the liberation of Iraq must also answer another question: what would that country look like today if we had failed to act? If we had not acted, Saddam Hussein and his sons would still be in power. If we had not acted, the torture chambers would still be in operation; the prison cells for children would still be filled; the mass graves would still be undiscovered; the terror network would still enjoy the support and protection of the regime; Iraq would still be making payments to the families of suicide bombers attacking Israel; and Saddam Hussein would still control vast wealth to spend on his chemical, biological, and nuclear ambitions.

All of these crimes and dangers were ended by decisive military action. Everyone, for many years, wished for these good outcomes. Finally, one man made the decision to achieve them: President George W. Bush. And the Iraqi people, the people of the Middle East, and the American people have a safer future because Saddam Hussein's regime is history.

Having now liberated Iraq, the United States and our allies are determined to see all our commitments through. The leader of the Coalition Provisional Authority, Ambassador Paul Bremer, was at the White House yesterday and to brief us on the progress that the Coalition Provisional Authority is making. Nineteen nations now have provided more than 13,000 troops to help stabilize Iraq - and additional forces will soon arrive. In the relief and reconstruction effort we are renovating schools, and restoring basic services. Coalition authorities are training Iraqi police forces to help patrol Iraqi cities and villages, and will soon establish a new civilian defense force. Iraq will also have its own new army - a military force that defends the Iraqi people instead of bullying and terrorizing them. A governing council of Iraqis, recognized by the United Nations, is now operating, naming ministers, and drawing up a budget for the country. All major cities in Iraq now have municipal councils. The process of drafting a constitution will soon be underway, and this will prepare the way eventually for elections.

We still have many tasks to complete in Iraq, and many dangers remain. There are still some holdouts of the regime, joined by terrorists from outside the country, who are fighting desperately to prevent progress of any kind for the Iraqi people. These killers are being systematically dealt with, as we saw in Mosul on Tuesday. That action also showed the great skill and bravery of our men and women serving in Iraq today. America is proud of all the men and women serving and sacrificing in this cause - and they will have all the resources they need to complete the vital work that we've asked them to do.

Our ongoing mission is not easy, but it is essential for our security and for the peace of the world. We will help the Iraqi people to build a free, sovereign, and democratic nation. That free nation will stand as an example to the entire Middle East, proving that freedom and the hope of peace have far more power and appeal than ideologies of hate and terror. And a more peaceful, stable Middle East will contribute directly to the security of America and our friends.

The United States of America has been called to hard tasks before. Earlier generations of Americans defeated fascism and won the long twilight struggle against communism. Our generation has been given the task of defeating the purveyors of terrorism, who are a direct threat to our liberty and our lives. We will use every element of our national power to destroy those who seek to do us harm. But, as in the past, we will do far more than merely defeat our enemies. In Afghanistan and Iraq and in other places where tyranny has been a fertile breading ground for terror, we will help those who seek to build free, more tolerant, and more prosperous societies.

America's commitment and generosity in rebuilding ravaged lands in Europe and Asia was a hallmark of our foreign policy in the 20th century. It was a good investment for America then -- it is just as wise now. We do this not only because it is right, but because it is essential to our own security, the security of our friends and allies, and to our eventual victory in the war against terrorism. Our soldiers serving so bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan today know they are ensuring a safer future for their own children and for all of us.

In the 22 months since that clear September morning when America was attacked, we have not lost focus, or been distracted, or wavered in the performance of our duties. We will not rest until we have overcome the threat of terror. We will not relent until we have assured the freedom and security of the American people.

.... Answer: Vie President Dick Cheney.
38 posted on 02/08/2004 3:48:53 PM PST by WOSG (Support Tancredo on immigration. Support BUSH for President!)
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To: All
Here is another letter to the Editor by the same Durham Newspaper I just found by doing a search that I think is very good also

Dems forget the facts


Isn't it amazing how all the Bush headhunters are listening to David Kay's testimony concerning his findings on Iraq's weapons programs and only hearing the parts they can use against Bush politically? Forget his opinion that Bush acted correctly, given the information made available to him. Forget that their beloved United Nations and King Bubba also declared that Iraq had WMD. Forget the fact that Saddam Hussein used weapons against his own people and filled mass graves with their bodies. Forget the fact that Saddam violated the numerous weapons resolutions passed by the United Nations. Instead of focusing on Kay's conclusion of flawed intelligence, they seize the opportunity to tear down our commander in chief. Could it be they are desperately trying to regain power and that protecting America is secondary? I shudder to think of the current Democrat front-runner, John Kerry, at the helm. In 1995 he was the only sponsor of a bill to cut intelligence over the next five years. It is a fact that the Democratic party has shown little more than contempt for the intelligence community and the military in general over the last few decades and has done everything in its power to weaken them. I agree that intelligence failures need to be investigated and fixed. But putting a fresh Democrat in the White House is not the solution.
39 posted on 02/08/2004 3:51:13 PM PST by Kaslin (Will the left-wingers call George Tenet a liar?)
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To: SandRat
"Patriots another way to aggravate the RATS when they complain about GW."


And we DO love to aggravate those RATS!
40 posted on 02/08/2004 3:56:26 PM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: SandRat
Good article!
41 posted on 02/08/2004 5:57:51 PM PST by MEG33 (BUSH/CHENEY '04)
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To: stylin19a
It is well-known that we were engaged in an undeclared naval war with Germany from the summer of 1940 to December, 1941. That was because FDR had allied us with the British and after the Lend-lease Act was supplying the British and the Russians war materials. Hitler was stupid enough to declare war on us. If he had not, the Pacific War would have been our main emphasis.
42 posted on 02/08/2004 8:55:43 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: Leatherneck_MT
Eisenhower did. But Kennedy greatly increased our force of advisers and conspired in the killing of the Diem brothers. After the coup, our military puppets were unable to rule the country, so Johnson had to pump 550,000 men into the country to keep the Commies from taking over.
43 posted on 02/08/2004 8:59:27 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: Keen-Minded
Thank you for posting this.
44 posted on 02/09/2004 12:06:18 AM PST by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: IcycleMort
Well, how nice of you to show up here and begin bad-mouthing the President. So you signed up today huh?

Why is it that you people do this? Just to cause trouble or what?

Sorry, no pleasant welcome from me.
45 posted on 02/09/2004 12:12:57 AM PST by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: IcycleMort
I checked and found out this was your very first post.

Charming.

What are you doing here?!!!
46 posted on 02/09/2004 12:14:56 AM PST by texasflower (in the event of the rapture.......the Bush White House will be unmanned)
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To: IcycleMort
Do you really want to engage in 'nation-building'?? There are several dozens of countries where the situation is worse! Shall we oust all those dictators and rebuild all those countries? THAT IS NOT OUR DAMN RESPONSIBILITY!

When our national interests coincide with removing a dictator and building a stable republic in his place, yes, it does become our responsibility.

49 posted on 02/09/2004 3:55:13 AM PST by dirtboy (We have come here not to insult Howard Dean, but to bury him...)
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