Friday, June 24, 2005

McClellan: "If people want to try to engage in personal attacks instead of defending their philosophy, that's their business"

For McClellan to say that in response to the outrage to Karl Rove's baseless, partisan smear is about the most ironic thing I've seen.

I'm glad to see that some conservatives are honest in saying the whole "Rove meant liberals, not Democrats" defense is hogwash. (Hat tip: Daily Kos)

Several have said something similar, and I'd like to add this message to the President and Mr. Rove:

When Democrats were pushing for a Department of Homeland Security, Republicans were talking tort reform.

When Democrats wanted commissions to examine intelligence failures that allowed 9/11 to happen and mislead us so drastically wrong in Iraq, this President adopted what he calls "the philosophy of the stop sign."

It wasn't just liberals who pointed out that the administration was wrong about Saddam's intent to acquire WMD and his capabilities, but the President's hand-picked inspectors in the Iraqi Survey Group.

It wasn't just liberals who said your administration was naive to think that Iraqi oil could pay for the reconstruction and American forces would be out no later than six months.

It wasn't just liberals who said that your "enemy combatant" policies would harm America's image and violated international law, we know now that attorneys in the U.S. State Department said so.

It wasn't just liberals who have criticized your policy on torture as violation of international law and a risky scheme that puts American soldiers' lives at risk, but those who have worn the stars and bars and served in combat zones defending American interests.

While you've been talking about bankruptcy reform, Democrats have been pushing for better protected borders and ports.

For a party that supposedly is wrong on terrorism and national defense. It sure seems like the Democrats have been proven correct time and time again.

OBL is alive and free today, nearly four years after 9/11, not because of liberals, but because of you, Mr. Rove. You allowed the trail to go cold by pulling needed military manpower out of Afghanistan to prepare to invade Iraq. The resurgence of the Taliban there is your failure, not the Democratic Party's.

When this nation called on you at its time of dire need to defend its interest, Mr. Rove, you hid.

Now you mock those who have different political beliefs than yours but are willing to put themselves in harms way to defend this country, to implement the policies you've created. And to add even further insult, because of your failures and your budgetary policies, the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing a $1 billion shortfall in funding to care for these veterans.

Mr. Rove, have you no shame, no sense of decency?

And Mr. McClellan, when the White House would rather engage in personal attacks, instead of defending its policies, that's everyone's business.

2 comments:

OLS said...

Modern - As always, eloquent and fantastic. My admiration for you grows daily.

(On an unrelated note, if I don't call you tomorrow, can you call me? Thanks!)

The Ticked Off Ohioan said...

Hey, when are you going to post some more?