Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The President Is Not the Enemy

Wow, a lifetime Democrat, and a liberal at that, telling it like it is. Bush/Hitler haters aren't going to like this. As with the furious disavowing of the new enemy of the left, Sen. Joe Lieberman, Koch is likely to be the receiver of severe mud slinging. How dare he not demonize Dubya:

By Ed Koch via Real Clear Politics
I wish The Times and members of Congress were not so eager to demean the President of the U.S. and his advisers, holding them up to scathing denunciation when we are at war. They should realize that the President feels very strongly his obligation to protect us from terrorists overseas and their supporters in this country -- in World War II, such supporters were called Quislings. The critics have short memories. In the 1993 and 9/11 (2001) attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the U.S. suffered nearly 3,000 deaths and more than 1,000 injured.

Now the press and some of those members of Congress by their public revelations have alerted the enemy to the surveillance program. And the media and some members of Congress have forgotten or don’t care that we are at war and their disclosures may have prevented the administration from obtaining information otherwise available that would help military and law enforcement authorities to deter acts of terrorism here and abroad.....

The lesson is this: the survival of our country is paramount, but that survival must be achieved without destroying our core values as a society. Our Founding Fathers started a revolution in order to achieve “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” These are not just words. They are our fundamental beliefs and must be protected. To see on the other hand the President as the enemy -- which the savage and unfair attacks upon him convey to the world-- is harmful to the security of our country and, therefore, injures us all.....
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