President Bush said Monday the Iraq war is “straining the psyche of our country” but said American soldiers will remain there “as long as I am President,” which means a continued American presence in that embattled country until at least January 20, 2009. But Bush also admitted, for the first time, that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, reversing claims made previously by himself and Vice President Dick Cheney. The President also admitted, in a roundabout way, that he abandoned the mission in Iraq before it was finished, another startling admission for someone who doesn’t admit his mistakes.
“Marriage,” said the actor Gary Busey, “is the only war where you sleep with the enemy,” and most of us can see the truth — and therefore the humor — in this quote found on the Internet. Though they are supposed to be loving, marriages devoid of emotional bruises must be nearly as rare as unicorns.
Last November Rep. John P. “Jack” Murtha, D-Pa., thundered onto the national scene insisting that the U.S. military could accomplish nothing more in Iraq, could only make things worse. He called for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. At the time, many of his Democratic colleagues considered his stance suicidal for their party when they’re trying to regain control of Congress despite having long been seen as weak on national security. Now, Murtha is one of the most popular Democrats around. In recent weeks he’s raised money for Democrats campaigning in New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and California. In Tennessee, he was former Vice President Al Gore’s guest at a fundraiser for local Democrats. After Labor Day, Murtha will head back out on the road, helping up to four dozen of his party’s candidates.
Republicans have lost their way when it comes to many core GOP principles and may be in jeopardy heading into the fall elections, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. says. Hagel, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, said Sunday that the GOP today is very different party from the one when he first voted Republican.