Let's start out by getting a little perspective.
The abuse of prisoners is wrong, very wrong.
On the other hand, are you a demon fiendishly bent on torturing those who oppose you? Is anyone you know a demon fiendishly bent on torturing those who oppose them? Do you think that we, as citizens of the United States, are demons fiendishly bent on torturing those who oppose us?
Do you believe that the Democratic leaders who characterize the actions of a few in Iraq as a systemic problem with our nation and its people are anything but ham fisted politicians attempting to make political hay without regard for the consequences?
Your fellow Americans, who know their fellow Americans very well, don’t think so either.
RassmussenAs an American, what do you think of the 29% who believe that prisoner abuse is a systemic problem? What is their worldview? What must they think of themselves, their neighbors, their country, in order to believe what they say they believe?
Nine-out-of-ten Americans have read, seen, or heard news stories about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Half of all voters (48%) believe that such abuses represent an isolated event. However, 29% believe such practices are fairly widespread.
The survey also found that 62% of Americans believe that Iraqis today are better off than they were when Saddam Hussein was in charge. However, 17% disagree with that assessment.
Who are the 17% that think Iraqis were better off under Saddam? What are they - nuts? No sane person could believe that Saddam was better than we are. Sadly Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy has placed himself firmly in the category of the insane.
Hugh HewittKennedy, as proxy number one for the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States, John Kerry, has stepped way over the line. He has given our islamo-fascist enemies the “evidence” they need to incite their members to even greater violence by confirming their worst accusations. Al Jazzera, and other Arabic news outlets are going to replay those words and gloat for weeks to come. If I were Osama Bin Laden I'd put it in a recruitment video.
Senator Ted Kennedy, on the floor of the United States Senate today:
"Protection of the Iraqi people from the cruelty of Saddam had become one the adminsitration's [sic] last remaining rationalizations for going to war....So it is human rights that the adminsitration[sic] turned to in order to justify its decision to go to war. On December 24, 2003, the day Saddam was captured President Bush said that 'for the vast of Iraqi coitizens[sic] who wish to live as free men and women this event brings further asssurance[sic] that the torture chambers and secret police are gone forever.' On March 19, 2004 President Bush asked 'Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open?' Shamefully we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management."
If he has a responsible bone in his body; if he can bring himself to think beyond the merely self-serving, shortsighted political motivation he has exhibited so far, John Kerry must denounce Kennedy's horrendous comparison of the United States to Saddam Hussein. Hillary Clinton must reject it. Responsible Democratic leadership (the names escape me) must tell the world that that is not who we are, nor what we want for the Iraqi people. Anything less is bad for our country and just plain wrong. Anything else is playing right into the hands of our enemies, and the enemies of freedom-loving people everywhere. Anything else is unacceptable.