Before the election, President Bush said on the campaign trail that if opponents of his Iraq policy were victorious, “the terrorists win and America loses.”
During his press conference earlier today, Bush returned to the same extreme rhetoric. Addressing “our enemies,” Bush said “do not be joyful” over the election results, or view them as evidence of America’s “lack of will.” Watch it:
Moments before his comments to “our enemies,” Bush claimed, “The message yesterday was clear: The American people want their leaders in Washington to set aside partisan differences.” Apparently the message wasn’t clear enough.
To our enemies, do not be joyful. Do not confuse the workings of our democracies with a lack of will. Our nation is committed to bringing you to justice. Liberty and democracy are the source of America’s strength and liberty and democracy will lift up the hopes and desires of those you are trying to destroy.