Humbled?

Monday, August 21, 2006
I keep hearing that Bush has been humbled. Somehow I don't get that impression myself.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The attitude of many Democrats on Iraq -- a quick pullout of U.S. troops -- shows a lack of understanding of world politics and increases the threat of attacks in the United States, President Bush said Monday.

With the midterm congressional election just over two months away, the Republican president said while he doesn't question the patriotism of his Democratic opponents, he strongly disagrees with their opinions on Iraq.

"There are a lot of people in the Democratic Party who believe that the best course of action is to leave Iraq before the job is done. Period. And they're wrong," Bush said at a Washington news conference.

"I will never question the patriotism of somebody who disagrees with me," Bush said. "This has nothing to do with patriotism. It has everything to do with understanding the world in which we live."

Leaving Iraq before a stable democracy is established increases the risk of a domestic attack, Bush said.

"I repeat what our ... our leading general said in the region. He said: 'If we withdraw before the job is done, the enemy will follow us here.' I strongly agree with that," the president said.

Bush criticized political opponents who applauded a federal judge's ruling last week blocking the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program. The program continues while the administration appeals the ruling.

"Those who heralded the decision not to give law enforcement the tools necessary to protect the American people just simply don't see the world the way we do," he said.

And he chided political opponents for not sharing his vision of how domestic security should be ensured.

"They say, on the one hand, you can't have the tools necessary and herald the fact that you won't have the tools necessary to defend the people and, sure enough, attack would occur, and [they'd] say, 'How come you don't have the tools necessary to defend the people?' "

Voters expect politicians to cooperate in Washington, something he hasn't seen in his time in the Oval Office, Bush said.

"People expect us to come here to solve problems. And thus far, the attitude has been: Let's just kind of ignore what the president has said and just hope somebody else comes and solves it for us," he said.

The president said if he were running now, he would focus on the economy and national security issues.

"I'd be telling people that the Democrats will raise your taxes. That's what they said. I'd be reminding people that tax cuts have worked in terms of stimulating the economy," Bush said.

Bush said the Iraq war has helped improve national security by showing the U.S. is committed to fighting the lack of hope and the resentment that breed terrorism.

And the best way to give people hope is by establishing democracy, he said.

"You don't succeed by leaving before the mission is complete, like some in this political process are suggesting," he said.


Sometimes I wonder if people are making this demand knowing that as long as Bush is around it will not happen. I can not imagine the chaos that would ensue if these people had their way. I think they know that too, deep down.

12 comments:

David Thomson said...

“Bush criticized political opponents who applauded a federal judge's ruling last week blocking the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program. The program continues while the administration appeals the ruling.”

Why in hell aren’t the Republicans in both Houses of Congress pushing legislation to help the president on this matter? It would place the Democrats between a rock and a hard place. This issue alone could destroy the election hopes of the minority party. Could it be that this strategic move will be more effective in another month? Is Karl Rove getting ready to spring the trap?

Pastorius said...

Do you guys think Iraq is on its way to becoming a real live human rights respecting Democracy?

David Thomson said...

“Do you guys think Iraq is on its way to becoming a real live human rights respecting Democracy?”

I will settle for the fact that Saddam Hussein can no longer discretely plot terrorist campaigns against the West. The Kurds are doing spectacularly well. Unfortunately, Baghdad could be split into various factions controlling the city. The real economic growth and other successes will may take place outside that city’s boundaries. Is this an ideal situation? Of course not, but Iraq is still in better shape than it was previous to the liberation.

terrye said...

pastorius:

That is a strange question.

I would say they have as much chance as France.

Luther McLeod said...

Funny as hell Terrye.

terrye said...

luther:

I have Fox on right now and they are showing pictures of dead Kurds. Mass graves with up to 100,000 victims. Was Iraq on its way to becoming a human rights respecting Democracy then? Did anyone really care?

Luther McLeod said...

Terrye

No and no, in answer to your questions, obviously. The better question may be, who in the world cares now. A substantial number do not, still.

Is Fox reporting newly found graves?

If I remember correctly France was very helpful in assisting the loading of the boxcars back in the day. Some things never change.

terrye said...

luther:

No, Fox was talking about the trial of Saddam.

yes, the French knew which side to get on and when to get on it.

As for Iraq, I think it will be a long time before the country settles down.

It is interesting that on local levels, they do quite well. Mayors and town councils are being elected without any trouble. Schools are opening and the economy is improving.

I think it scares me to think of leaving now because it creates a precedent. In the future a rag tag band of murderers will know that all it takes to sap the will of a super power and create chaos is a few thousand terrorists. That is all. Democracy will not have much luck of surviving anywhere if these guys get that idea in their heads.

Peter UK said...

Terrye
"I would say they have as much chance as France."

As bad as that eh? France has never been a democracy.

Peter UK said...

"In the future a rag tag band of murderers will know that all it takes to sap the will of a super power and create chaos is a few thousand terrorists."

Yes,all they have to do is provide the Loyal Opposition with talking points which damage the administration,that really is humbling,a "rag tag band of murderers" can dictate US foreign policy.

terrye said...

Peter:

it should be scarey to everyone.

Peter UK said...

Terrye,
It puts the fear of God into me.I don't blame the "rag tag band of murderers" for taking advantage of the situation,but it is utterly reprehensible of those who have let themselves be used in this way,perhaps not traitors,but certainly useful fools.