Magazine article Insight on the News

Q: Do Democrats Have a Better Game Plan for Protecting U.S. National Security? NO: Unlike the Democrats, President Bush Made Tough Calls, and the Good Results Are Evident

Magazine article Insight on the News

Q: Do Democrats Have a Better Game Plan for Protecting U.S. National Security? NO: Unlike the Democrats, President Bush Made Tough Calls, and the Good Results Are Evident

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Byline: Bobby Eberle, SPECIAL TO INSIGHT

As the economy continues to improve and America sees a rising market and falling unemployment, the Democrats will be forced to look for another issue on which to attack President George W. Bush. The issue on which they have set their sights is national security. The Democrats the party of smaller defense, weakened intelligence and U.N.-led foreign policy will try to woo voters by claiming they are the best choice for conducting the war on terror, dealing with foreign aggressors and protecting the homeland.

One of the top issues of the 2004 presidential elections will be Iraq. Many Democrats were opposed to the war, and even now presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who supported the congressional war resolution, is criticizing President Bush on Iraq. But when it comes down to it, who should America trust in dealing with the ongoing situation in Iraq?

Despite the Democrats' labeling of President Bush as a "cowboy" and their ongoing claim that he "rushed America to war," the facts tell a different story. First and foremost, the policy of regime change in Iraq was not devised by the Bush administration. In a letter to Congress in 1999, President Bill Clinton wrote:

"As long as Saddam Hussein remains in power, he represents a threat to the well-being of his people, the peace of the region and the security of the world. We will continue to contain the threat he poses, but over the long term the best way to address that threat is through a new government in Baghdad."

Of course, the contrast between Clinton (and most other Democrats) and President Bush is striking. Rather than simply talking about Iraqi compliance and then doing nothing, Bush laid out a straightforward plan to accomplish established U.S. foreign-policy objectives: the compliance of Iraq to all U.N Security Council resolutions regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and/or the removal of Saddam from power. President Bush did not "rush to war," but rather took his case to the United Nations in the hopes that diplomacy would work.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441 gave Saddam one final opportunity to comply. When the dictator once again thumbed his nose at the United Nations, Bush called for the organization to be "relevant." The president said out loud what many of us were thinking: "What good is another resolution if it won't be enforced?" Rather than letting more time go by and yet another resolution go unheeded, President Bush, through his resolve and leadership, called on the international community to act. Some nations, such as Germany and France, balked at the call to hold Saddam accountable. But many nations, both old allies and new, stood by the United States and President Bush and exercised the policy of regime change.

Since the capture of the former Iraqi leader, attacks against U.S. forces have declined. The Iraqi Governing Council, which currently works with the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, soon will be creating a government and bringing people together to draft a constitution. Plans are under way for Iraq to regain its sovereignty sometime this summer.

Bush also is showing leadership in dealing with the missing WMD. A major cause for action against Saddam was his WMD. There were no doubts that he possessed them. It's widely known that he used chemical weapons against both the Iraqi Kurds and the Iranians. Yet, now that the dust has settled in Iraq, the WMD have yet to be found, although former weapons inspector David Kay has acknowledged the existence of weapons programs in Iraq. It is the president's responsibility to make decisions, and to do so, he must have the very best intelligence data available. This was not the case with Iraq's WMD. But rather than passing the buck or laying blame, President Bush is seeking solutions. Through his newly formed commission to investigate the intelligence community, Bush will find out what happened and why. …

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