In a speech this morning, President Bush again condemned Congress for failing to give him a blank check for the war in Iraq.
Increasingly desperate, and facing broad public opposition, Bush tried his best to stir up fear with repeated references to September 11 and dark visions of “death and destruction…here in America” if U.S. troops were to withdraw:
They know that the enemies who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001 want to bring further destruction to our country.
One of the lessons of September the 11th is what happens overseas matters to the security of the United States of America.
…to fight the extremists and radicals where they live, so we don’t have to face them where we live.
…they won’t leave us alone — they will follow us to the United States of America.
The consequences of failure in Iraq would be death and destruction in the Middle East and here in America.
We’ll continue to do the hard work necessary to help change the conditions that caused 19 young men to get on airplanes to come and kill thousands of our citizens on September the 11th.
Enemies that could just as easily come here to kill us.
During a press conference today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), retired Gen. John Johns responded: “You can listen to simplistic statements of the administration, appealing to emotion and fear, or you can take an analytical approach and see the reality of the world. I live in an entirely different world of reality than President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other members of the administration.”