Bush Not Ready to Retreat, Thumps Teddy Kennedy
President George W. Bush decides to stay in the ring awhile.
Bush supporters were wondering if the president’s speech yesterday was a one shot deal of blasting the liberals on their revisionism on the Iraq War. If the Whitehouse website today is any indication, then the answer is clearly “no”. The follow up post to the president’s Veteran’s Day talk from yesterday is directed squarely at a certain liberal senator from Massachusetts… the liberal and loud one.
Bush goes after Teddy Kennedy, the top dog of revisionism, as if Teddy were the bully on the playground. Bush thumps Teddy using the senator’s own words and record as ammunition. From the Whitehouse:
“It is regrettable that Senator Kennedy has chosen Veteran’s Day to continue leveling baseless and false attacks that send the wrong signal to our troops and our enemy during a time of war.”
“It is also regrettable that Senator Kennedy has found more time to say negative things about President Bush then he ever did about Saddam Hussein.”
“If America were to follow Senator Kennedy’s foreign policy, Saddam Hussein would not only still be in power, he would be oppressing and occupying Kuwait.”
– Scott McClellan, White House Press Secretary
Sen. Kennedy On Iraq
Sen. Kennedy Said Saddam Hussein Was Developing WMDs: “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” (Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Remarks At The Johns Hopkins School Of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C., 9/27/02)
Sen. Kennedy: “Saddam Hussein Is A Dangerous Figure. He’s Got Dangerous Weapons.” (CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 10/6/02)
Sen. Kennedy Now Says The President Manipulated Facts About Iraq’s WMDs: “‘Instead of providing open and honest answers about how we will achieve success in Iraq and allow our troops to begin to come home,’ Kennedy said, ‘the president reverted to the same manipulation of facts to justify a war we never should have fought.'” (Deb Riechmann, “Bush Forcefully Attacks Critics Of The War In Iraq,” Associated Press, 11/11/05)
Sen. Kennedy Opposed Removing Saddam Hussein From Kuwait. (S.J.Res.2, CQ Vote #2: Adopted 52-47: R 42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91, Kennedy Voted Nay)
Sen. Kennedy Opposed Removing Saddam Hussein From Power. (H. J. Res. 114, CQ Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48- 1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kennedy Voted Nay)
Hat Tip tgharris for pointing this out!
I was wondering what the president was going to do for an encore to yesterday’s speech on “Liberal Revisionism”. This is a nice start. I must add that I have never seen the Whitehouse website have anything so clearly political posted on its pages. President Bush is serious.
Update: (Sunday, 11-13-05, Noon) Instapundit has much more on “the thumping.” Looks like George is fed up!
Impacted Wisdom Truth has Uncle Sam’s take on revisionism.
The impact of the president’s speech on Friday is evident as his message is still reverberating off the news wires today.