Bush pushes back ...<br><br><blockquote>And our debate at home must also be fair-minded. One of the hallmarks of a free society and what makes our country strong is that our political leaders can discuss their differences openly even in times of war.<br><br>When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support.<br><br>I also recognize that some of our fellow citizens and elected officials didn't support the liberation of Iraq. And that is their right, and I respect it.<br><br>As president and commander in chief, I accept the responsibilities and the criticisms and the consequences that come with such a solemn decision.<br><br>While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.<br><br>(APPLAUSE)<br><br>BUSH: Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war.<br><br>These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community's judgments related to Iraq's weapons programs.<br><br>They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessment of Saddam Hussein.<br><br>They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions, citing his development and possession of weapons of mass destruction.<br><br>Many of these critics supported my opponent during the last election, who explained his position to support the resolution in the Congress this way: "When I vote to give the president of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat and a grave threat to our security."<br><br>That's why more than 100 Democrats in the House and the Senate, who had access to the same intelligence, voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power.<br><br>(APPLAUSE)<br><br>The stakes in the global war on terror are too high and the national interest is too important for politicians to throw out false charges.<br><br>(APPLAUSE)<br><br>These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will.<br><br>As our troops fight a ruthless enemy determined to destroy our way of life, they deserve to know that their elected leaders who voted to send them to war continue to stand behind them.</blockquote><br><br>Of course, Ted Kennedy wasted no time in advancing the "Bush lied" mantra of the Democrats . . .<br><br><blockquote>"Its deeply regrettable that the president is using Veterans Day as a campaign-like attempt to rebuild his own credibility by tearing down those who seek the truth about the clear manipulation of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war," Kennedy said in a statement"</blockquote><br><br>link<br><br>Sounds like Ted doesn't want to "seek the truth" .. sounds like his mind is already made up. <br><br>* * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br>I [censored] bigger than you.
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