President Bush is being very harsh concerning memory lapses suffered by Democratic leaders. He has shown little sympathy with Democrats such as Rockefeller, Levin, Reid, Kerry and Edwards who are claiming that they did not realize what they were doing when they cast their votes on the authorization to use force in 2002. I generally support the President but in this instance and considering those involved I think it very likely that they did not, in fact know what they were doing. If it's true today, why shouldn't it have been true in 2002?
To buttress their claim Democratic leadership accross the board have asserted that they lacked sufficient intelligence to make an informed decision prior to the 2002 vote. They claim to a man and woman that the intelligence that they rely upon is "cooked" and that due to that fact they were incapable of making a correct decision.
I believe that the President does a diservice to Democratic leadership by not taking them at their word. These people provide evidence of the veracity of the status of intelligence that they use in making determinations regarding their votes on a daily basis, I see no reason to doubt them. Defective intelligence is a touchy matter and if the Democrats claim that it was all they had to work with, who are we to say anything different?