Why is it that so many on the left are so opposed to President Bush that they can’t acknowledge any of his accomplishments? It is as if they believe he is only capable of failure. And while we (just like most conservatives) have acknowledged his mistakes — and failures, his ideological adversaries refuse to admit that he has gotten a few things right, content are they to blather on about how he’s the worst president in U.S. history while twisting his record to fit their rhetoric.
Although the stock market has slipped in recent days, it is still considerably higher than it was when Bush took office. The economy continues to hum along, growing annually and creating new jobs while inflation remains relatively low. And we have captured or killed a number of leading terrorists, thwarting numerous plots to kill innocent civilians.
In the news this week, we learn of the role of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (long in U.S. Custody) in plotting the 9/11 attacks, in beheading “American journalist Daniel Pearl and [playing] a central role in 30 other attacks and plots in the U.S. and worldwide.” This terrorist’s confession is clearly a sign of success in the war on terror (or as our man Rudy puts it, terror’s war on us).
Yet, some on the left are so caught up in their hatred of President Bush that they show sympathy for a man who boasts of decapitating an American journalist, refusing to acknowledge that, under his leadership, we were able to work with our allies to capture this fiend and get him to admit to his involvement in numerous terrorist plots, many of which may well have been thwarted “as a result of his capture.”
Despite this man’s clear involvement in plots which killed (or planned to kill) innocent Americans, as 2006 blogress diva nominee Debbie Schlussel (via NewsBusters via reader Peter Hughes), Rosie O’Donnell is worried we will rob this creep “‘of all humanity’ because we call him a ‘terrorist.’” She suggests that he has been tortured at Guantanamo without any evidence to buttress her claims. Not only that, she notes that, after nearly four years in captivity, this thug finally confesses his sins, apparently unaware that he had been suspected of such involvement long before his 2003 capture.
Rosie is alas stuck on hatred of President Bush and belief in long-since discredited allegations of torture at Guantanamo where this terrorist is currently being held. Earlier this week, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman said, “There is something profoundly wrong when opposition to the war in Iraq seems to inspire greater passion than opposition to Islamist extremism.” For Rosie, opposition to President Bush seems to inspire greater passion than opposition to Islamist terror.
Since we have captured this one-time Al Qaeda leader, he has confessed to his participation in numerous terrorist plots, involvement in many of which he had long been suspected, even before his capture. But, in this story, Rosie O’Donnell can only find fodder to attack President Bush and his Administration. I wonder how many others on the left share her view.
They are so blinded by their animus to President Bush that they cannot see the significance in the confession of a leading terrorist, suspecting instead the Administration used torture to exact that confession. Unwilling are they to recognize the significance of the confession — and how it represents one step forward in the war on terror, a positive step against those who plot to kill innocent civilians, even those who vociferously oppose President Bush.
UPDATE: To note that Khalid Sheikh Muhammed wanted to kill vociferous opponents of President Bush (as I stated above), please note the 10th item of his confession wherein he admits responsibility for “surveying and financing for the assassination of several former American Presidents, including President Carter.”