President Bush has made a lot of mistakes with regard to the war on terror, but politicizing September 11th, 2006 was not one of them. Leading Democrats in the United States Congress know this. They are not stupid (I think.) They just think that all of us are stupid enough to not notice that the only politicization of that day came from them.
Here are some snippetts from what President Bush said:
I'm trying to figure out how anyone could disagree with that, yet many national Democrats somehow found a way.
- America and her allies have taken the offensive in a war unlike any we have fought before. Today, we are safer, but we are not yet safe.
- On 9/11...we also witnessed something distinctly American: ordinary citizens rising to the occasion, and responding with extraordinary acts of courage.
- Out of this suffering, we resolve to honor every man and woman lost. And we seek their lasting memorial in a safer and more hopeful world.
- Since the horror of 9/11, we've learned a great deal about the enemy. We have learned that they are evil and kill without mercy -- but not without purpose. ... The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation.
- America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over -- and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious.
- On September the 11th, we learned that America must confront threats before they reach our shores... I'm often asked why we're in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat. ...The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. And now the challenge is to help the Iraqi people build a democracy that fulfills the dreams of the nearly 12 million Iraqis who came out to vote in free elections last December.
- Al Qaeda and other extremists from across the world have come to Iraq to stop the rise of a free society in the heart of the Middle East.
- We can be confident that our coalition will succeed because the Iraqi people have been steadfast in the face of unspeakable violence. And we can be confident in victory because of the skill and resolve of America's Armed Forces.
- With our help, the people of the Middle East are now stepping forward to claim their freedom. From Kabul to Baghdad to Beirut, there are brave men and women risking their lives each day for the same freedoms that we enjoy.
Here's what Harry Reid, the reincarnation of Thomas Daschle, had to say:
"I think that we had a wonderful opportunity last night to listen to the president bring the country together. He didn’t do that."
Apparently Harry Reid's vision of togetherness is when all Republicans are dead.
Nancy Pelosi piled on with these choice words:
On the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, President Bush continued to try to justify the invasion of Iraq by drawing nonexistent links to the 9/11 attacks. To try to make partisan gain out of such tragedy dishonors all those we lost on Sept. 11.Ms. Pelosi is no fool. Do not think for a moment that she doesn't know that there are indirect links between 9/11 and Iraq. Furthermore, experts don't believe that "Iraq has made our effort to defeat terrorism and terrorists more difficult," but then noone ever accused Pelosi of being an expert.
In fact, the war in Iraq has made our effort to defeat terrorism and terrorists more difficult.
Charles Schumer pulled this out of his bag of meaningless elegance:
You do not commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 by politicizing it.
Actually, Mr. Schumer, I agree. So why did you start?
President Bush's speech was very non-political, nation-unifying speech. The only thing that politicized the entire event was a bunch of whiny statements from a bunch of whiny Democrats who can't think of a better way to try to win seats in Congress in November.
But they're not stupid. They know they were the only ones who politicized what was otherwise a reflective and unifying day. But by their comments, they're hoping you're too stupid to notice.