Kerry: Administration has made 'Katrina' of Iraq!
Kerry had this to say about our country's Iraq policy:
"With the new facts we now have available, I think Americans are going to be realizing that this is the Katrina of foreign policy."Kerry continued:
"It is disgraceful what this administration has done to mislead America and denigrate legitimate dissent," Kerry said. "To me it one of the most serious, catastrophic moments of irresponsibility in the conduct of American security policy that I've ever seen."Kerry referred to the upcoming 2008 Presidential election:
"I think as you go into '08, all these people who have been jumping up and down about this policy and ignoring the truth have misled America, and they have misled us into the most costly, disgraceful and unnecessary use of American might," Kerry said.
President Bush responded to critics of his policy last week and the belief that somehow his actions have made America less safe. As reported:
"Those arguments, he said, "buys into enemy propaganda that the terrorists attack us because we're provoking them. I want to remind American citizens that we were not in Iraq on Sept. the 11th, 2001."As reported:
" Bush said such an attitude, if adopted by leaders in Washington, would lead America "back to the old days of waiting to be attacked and then respond."Thank you for your wisdom Senator Kerry. And thank you Mr. President for proving the wisdom of everything Senator Kerry has said.
"Terrorism is not our fault," he said, quoting British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "We didn't cause it. And it is not a consequence of foreign policy,"
Bush said, "He's right. You do not create terrorism by fighting terrorism."
You are right. We were not in Iraq on 9/11, yet our country was attacked. Attacked by WHOM Mr. President? Certainly not from agents from Iraq! It is well known that 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, not Iraq!
As your National Security Expert, Richard Clarke has pointed out:
"Clarke said that, a day after the attacks, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pushed for a retaliatory strike on Iraq, though the evidence pointed to al Qaeda, because "there aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq."And yes Mr. President. If you read through even the abridged edition of your Intelligence Estimate you might realize that our presence in Iraq CAN make things worse. It doesn't take a PhD to understand that a western military in an Islamic nation might stir things up!
And he said Bush asked him to look for links between al Qaeda and Iraq the day after the attacks.
"Now he never said, 'Make it up.' But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this," Clarke said.
When Clarke told Bush that U.S. intelligence had nothing connecting Iraq with al Qaeda, he said the president responded in a "very intimidating" manner: "Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there's a connection."
The report related in part:
"The Iraq conflict has become the 'cause célèbre' for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement," the report stated. It also noted that "should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight."But that was only four pages of the 30 page report! What did the other pages say?
And about those who oppose you on Iraq? What have you said about them?
Speaking to a crowd of more than 2,000 supporters in this Bush-friendly Southern city, the president took Democrats to task for their criticism of the Iraq war, for their votes this week against legislation creating military tribunals to try terrorism suspects and for what he called misleading descriptions of the latest National Intelligence Estimate on global terrorism.I am sorry Mr. President. But Democrats like Senator Kerry who have opposed torture understand what rewriting the Geneva Conventions and giving you the power to determine what torture is, may mean to Americans held as POW's in the future.
“Five years after 9/11, the worst attack on the American homeland in our history, the Democrats offer nothing but criticism and obstruction and endless second-guessing,” Mr. Bush said at a fund-raising event for Gov. Bob Riley. “The party of F.D.R. and the party of Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run.”
I am sorry Mr. President, but Democrats understand that FISA Courts are not there to impede you but to facilitate the legal implementation of wiretaps. That you placed yourself above the law. Declared that in the light of the never-ending war against terror, that you thus had powers as Commander-in-chief to ignore Congress.
I am sorry Mr. President, but Democrats object to evidence obtained while subjects are being tortured should not be introduced into courts.
So while you continue to spin the 9/11 connection that never existed, Americans are dying in Iraq. And losing limbs. And we aren't making things better.
We don't need to "cut and run" Mr. President. But we need a New Direction!
We need leadership like Senator Kerry at the helm. Not someone who attacks first and asks questions later. America deserves better!
Keep on coming John! We have got your back.