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The Party of Knaves and Worse

Monday, 12 December 2005 12:00 AM

Senator Joe Lieberman is under attack from his own party for this statement: "It is time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be commander in chief for three more critical years, and that in matters of war we undermine presidential credibility at our nation's peril."

Hats off to Joe Lieberman for having the courage, in a party without a moral compass for telling the truth, to tell the truth. Undermining the commander in chief's credibility on matters of war and peace is the work of the enemy and gets our troops killed and puts our citizens at risk.

Of course George Bush has been our commander in chief in this war for four years already, and the Democrats' assault on his credibility – and thus on the security of the nation – has been going on relentlessly, recklessly and without pause since June 2003 – or barely two months since the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the launching of the terrorist war to regain control of Iraq.

Here is a description of how this attack began, with full knowledge that in launching a campaign to destroy the credibility of George Bush the Democrats were attacking the most important asset of the commander in chief of American forces in the midst of a war. It is taken from my book "Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left," which will be released in paperback next month.

"On July 10, the Democratic National Committee released a television ad which they titled, 'Read His Lips: President Bush Deceives the American People.' The subject of the ad – and of weeks of unrelenting Democratic attacks – was a sentence containing sixteen words from the president's State of the Union address of January 28. The words referred to an alleged attempt by the Iraqi government to purchase 'yellow cake' uranium in the African state of Niger: 'The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.' The ad included a clip of the president uttering the second half of the statement, but omitting the fact that he was citing a British intelligence report. The DNC text continued, 'But now we find out that it wasn't true. Far worse, the administration knew it wasn't true. A year earlier, that claim was already proven to be false. The CIA knew it. The State Department knew it. The White House knew it. But he told us anyway.'

"In other words, the commander in chief was a liar, and his deceptions had taken America to a war that was needless and that cost America lives.

"Democrats were certainly aware of the seriousness of their attacks on the integrity of the president, not to mention the possible ramifications for national security. Presidential candidate John Edwards told a New York Times reporter, 'The most important attribute that any president has is his credibility – his credibility with the American people, with its allies and with the world. When the president's own statements are called into question, it's a very serious matter.' The fact that the accusations were being made over such a flimsy claim was thus particularly troubling. The British government continued to stand by its report, making the presidential statement literally true. Moreover, the ad's insinuations in regard to the CIA and the State Department were misleading since both had vetted and approved the president's speech. Neither of these considerations served to restrain the Democrats' attacks.

"A year later, when major damage to the commander in chief's credibility had already been done, a bi-partisan Senate committee investigating intelligence failures leading up to the war exonerated him: 'We conclude also that the Statement in President Bush's State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" was well-founded.'"

In short, for two and half years the Democratic leadership, pandering to the anti-American left, has been attacking the credibility of the commander in chief of America's forces in the war on terror, and has done so – in the words of Senator Lieberman – "at our nation's peril." And yet there is no sign that they are about to stop.

In the face of this sabotage of the war on terror, the White House and th Republican Party have been almost speechless. Their strategy in fighting the war domestically appears to have been taken from Mohammed Ali's Rumble in the Jungle – "rope-a-dope," i.e., don't fight back and hope the other guy will grow so tired from beating on you that you will be able to drop him in the late rounds.

Until recently, that is. First Dick Cheney and now the Republican National Committee have begun to fight back. The RNC is running an ad showing Howard Dean waving the white flag (which he has in fact been waving since before we ever entered Iraq) and calling the Democrats the party of "retreat and defeat." Where have we heard that phrase before? Possibly right here.

Oddly, the rope-a-dope strategy may eventually work. If the Democrats keep running to the edge of the limb that the left has provided for them, they will find their way to a poetic defeat – at the polls. And that will enhance Americans' security rather than imperilling it.

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