President Bush strongly rebuked congressional critics of his Iraq war policy Friday, accusing them of being “deeply irresponsible” and sending the wrong signal both to America’s enemy and to U.S. troops.
“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,” Bush said in his most combative defense yet of his rationale for invading Iraq in March 2003.
Bush’s charges brought a forceful response from senior Democrats in Congress, who accused the president of misleading the country about the justification for war. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who ran unsuccessfully against Bush last year, accused the president of playing “the politics of fear and smear.”
Bush’s speech was part of a coordinated White House effort to bolster the president’s waning credibility and dwindling support for the war, in which more than 2,000 U.S. troops have died.
As casualties have climbed, Bush’s popularity has dropped. His approval rating now is at 37 percent in the latest AP-Ipsos poll, an all-time low point for his presidency.
“When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support,” Bush said in a Veterans Day speech at Tobyhanna Army Depot.
“While it’s perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.”
Most excellent. I’ve been wanting him to say this long before now to the Dem liars in Congress regarding their statements on the Iraq war.
Captain Ed smacks down the flip flopping lying Dems in Congress. Ouch!
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