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Friday, November 11, 2005

Veteran's Day Besmirched by George Bush

Happy Veteran's Day to all the Honorable Veterans of this great and noble country. Veteran's day had its origins shortly after the end of World War I. On Monday, November 11, 1918 the Germans signed the the Armistice. An order then followed ending the hostilities in the war to end all wars.

In November, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued an Armistice Day proclamation, which in relevant part stated:
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.
In 1938 Congress proclaimed each November 11 to be Armistice Day. For 16 years the United States observed the holiday, including observances at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At 11:00 a.m, the hour reflecting the original signing of the Armistice (truce) traffic stopped, in tribute to the dead. Volleys fired and taps sounded also in honor of a greatful nation to its war dead.

After World War II, Armistice Day was changed to Veteran's Day by an Act of Congress on May 24, 1954. President Eisenhower referred to the name change as an honor for the service of all America's armed forces in all of America's wars. (Source Veterans' Day Homepage).

Today, George Bush rather than honor America's sacred dead, rather than unifying a nation in solemn rememberance of her dead, he injected the hateful politics for which he is infamous. He used this Veteran's Day to berate those who dare disagree with him on his failed Iraq war policies. The Washington Post notes:

"It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began," Bush said as he used a Veterans Day address here to lash out at critics. "These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will." Democrats retaliated with a barrage of statements accusing the president of skewing the facts, just as they maintain he did in the run-up to the invasion of March 2003.

Although the two sides have long skirmished over the war, the sharp tenor Friday resembled an election-year campaign more than a policy disagreement. In a rare move, Bush in his speech took a direct swipe at last year's opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), while the White House issued an unusual campaign-style memo attacking Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman followed with a speech blistering 10 Democrats for "political doublespeak."

From their campaign-style war rooms, the Democrats and allied liberal interest groups churned out "fact sheets" dissecting Bush's comments and comparing them with past statements and investigation findings in an effort to undercut his arguments. Kerry accused Bush of "playing the politics of fear and smear on Veterans Day."
The one re-writing the history of how the Iraq was began is George Bush. And, he is right: It is deeply irresponsible. His policies in Iraq, from the war's inception, to its prosecution, and the aftermath have been, and are irresponsible. What's more, most American's seem to know it:

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 64 percent of Americans disapprove of how Bush is handling the war and 60 percent believe it was not worth fighting -- in both cases, the worst numbers for the president since the invasion. The perjury indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who resigned as chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, has revived the issue of the administration's truthfulness in building the case for war, and nearly 3 in 5 voters in the Post-ABC poll do not consider Bush honest.

Mr. Bush is now resigned to fighting political battles, over a year old when he continues his criticism of Senator John Kerry over Iraq:

Taking aim at Kerry, who recently announced his support for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Bush quoted the senator's statement in voting in 2002 for a congressional resolution authorizing use of force against Saddam Hussein. At the time, Bush noted, Kerry said that "a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat and a grave threat to our country." Bush added that other Democrats "who had access to the same intelligence" voted for the resolution.

Kerry later fired back. "This administration misled a nation into war by cherry-picking intelligence and stretching the truth beyond recognition," he said. "That's why Scooter Libby has been indicted."

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Bush had "resorted to his old playbook of discredited rhetoric" and was "attacking those patriotic Americans who have raised serious questions about the case the Bush administration made to take our country to war."

It's clear to me, Mr. Bush has nothing new to say. He has no vision for our Country on what to do in Iraq, rather than pursue the same failed policies that have created the morass in which we now find ourselves, and will continue to find ourselves until we change direction.


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