Opponents of the war in Iraq who are calling for a plan to bring home troops would create a disaster in the Middle East. "Many of these folks are sincere and they're patriotic but they could be - they could not be more wrong," the president said. "If America were to pull out before Iraq could defend itself, the consequences would be absolutely predictable, and absolutely disastrous. We would be handing Iraq over to our worst enemies - Saddam's former henchmen, armed groups with ties to Iran, and al-Qaida terrorists from all over the world who would suddenly have a base of operations far more valuable than Afghanistan under the Taliban."
"The war we fight today is more than a military conflict," Bush told thousands of veterans at the American Legion convention. "It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century."
"As veterans you have seen this kind of enemy before. They are successors to fascists, to Nazis, to communists and other totalitarians of the 20th century. And history shows what the outcome will be. This war will be difficult. This war will be long. And this war will end in the defeat of the terrorists," Bush said.
It is a war of words between the administration -- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice -- and the anti-administration -- Dean, Reid, Pelosi, Lemont. This is really a choice between sane (former) versus insane (latter) people. I do not agree with everything the admin does -- I dislike and distrust government as a rule -- but the left is dead wrong on their anti-war and appeasing rants. And yes, I do question their patriotism.
I question the patriotism of the protesting SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson, who thinks it is better to "spit" on the President rather than "shake his hand". Anderson called President Bush a "dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights violating president" whose time in office would "rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure." I say this mayor is deranged.
Heaven help us if the libs ever get in power. Hezbollah, Hamas, al Qaeda and Ahmadinejad will be so happy. Finally, they will have someone they can "negotiate with in a humane manner."