January 11, 2006
President Participates in Discussion on the Global War on Terror
Kentucky International Convention Center
What I don't like is when somebody said, he lied. Or, they're in there for oil. Or they're doing it because of Israel. That's the kind of debate that basically says the mission and the sacrifice were based on false premise. It's one thing to have a philosophical difference -- and I can understand people being abhorrent about war. War is terrible. But one way people can help as we're coming down the pike in the 2006 elections, is remember the effect that rhetoric can have on our troops in harm's way, and the effect that rhetoric can have in emboldening or weakening an enemy.
Bush claims his critics are saying three things that are false:
- the war is based on lies
- the war is for oil
- the war benefits Israel
A good reporter would follow up on each of these since the first one is proven true, a pile of under-reported evidence exists for the second, and until Bush said it WASN'T to benefit Israel,I wasn't sure if it was a factor. Now I know it is.
The right in Israel obviously wanted to see Saddam deposed, but I think they are regretting how sloppily Bush did it.
The other truth he let slip is that he ties the 2006 election and Iraq in his thinking (or at least in the thinking of the people who tell him what to think).
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