Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone. They will not leave us alone. They will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad. Osama bin Laden calls this fight "the Third World War" — and he says that victory for the terrorists in Iraq will mean America’s "defeat and disgrace forever." If we yield Iraq to men like bin Laden, our enemies will be emboldened; they will gain a new safe haven; they will use Iraq’s resources to fuel their extremist movement.Why should we care what Osama says about anything if the administration isn’t interested in capturing him at all? Why not dismiss Osama’s words every time he miraculously shows up on a video at election time? Bush can’t because he needs Americans afraid. Very afraid. Be very-very-very AFRAID.
He’d rather insult the 60% of the country that knows his policies and this war have hurt our country and have not made us safer…Oh wait, Rich Lowery has a plan. I feel safer already.
Kos says: They want to be afraid. They need to be afraid. Otherwise, they wouldn’t need Papa Bush to keep them safe and warm. Otherwise, they might have to come to terms with the failures of conservative ideology.
Froomkin says: What’s also telling, as usual, is what Bush didn’t say yesterday, and doesn’t say, period. He doesn’t say we won’t allow ourselves to be terrorized, and we won’t be afraid. (That would run counter to the central Republican game plan for the mid-term election.) He doesn’t say that in our zeal to fight the terrorists, we won’t give up the qualities that make America great. He acknowledges no mistakes, he calls for no sacrifice, he refuses to reach out to those who disagree with him.
- John Amato, Crooks and Liars