This evening on Brit Hume's Special Report the topic was the president's speech last night and the Democratic reponse. Unsurprisingly the response was the usual outrage. It seems the Democrats think that Bush's mention of Iraq in the speech was self serving. Never mind the 140,000 troops we have in harm's way.
The discussion was centered on this question: Can we come together as a nation to fight the war on Terror?
Continue by clicking 'Read More' I will be honest, I am not sure the Democrats really believe we are in a war on Terror. I think for that reason they do not fear abandoning Iraq.
They will deny this and swear they too will keep the nation secure, but how can they do that when they don't believe there is an enemy?
I think they see the terrorists as disenfranchized groups of people, lacking cohesion or organization. The Democrats seem to believe that the Bush administration has used the terrorist attack on 9/11 as an excuse to go to war and maintain control over the domestic policy agenda through fear. So, how can we believe they will fight a war they do not believe in and how can there be unity in such an atmosphere?
Last night Bush made the point that to abandon Iraq would be to embolden AlQaida. I believe this. Not so long ago someone told me that war had no place in the world anymore, we had evolved beyond this sort of useless violent mayhem. I told her that she might have evolved, but the enemy does not believe in evolution.
My question is then, did Bush politicize 9/11 by making a speech last night and talking about the broader war on Terror?