News from the Democratic National Committee:
Will Cheney Duck and Run From Bush's Promises?
Washington, DC - As Vice President Cheney continues on the campaign trail raising special interest cash for Republicans, the question remains if the Vice President will continue to mislead the public by trying to link the 9/11 attacks to Iraq. Despite repeated efforts to do so, the American public is no longer buying it. [NY Times/CBS poll, 8/22/06] In his news conference Monday, President Bush finally admitted that there was no link between the 9/11 attacks and Iraq, and pledged to stop attacking the patriotism of people who criticize his failed policies.
Democrats have said all along that there was no connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq. Now that President Bush has finally acknowledged this fact, the question remains whether Vice President Cheney will say the same and admit he was wrong in trying to convince the American people otherwise.
"Now that President Bush has finally acknowledged that Iraq had nothing to do with the September 11th attacks and pledged to stop attacking the patriotism of his critics, it's about time for his hatchet-in-chief, Vice President Cheney, to do the same," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney.
"Vice President Cheney should abandon his standard fear and smear tactics and stop trying to distract Americans from the failed leadership and misplaced priorities of the Bush Administration and the Rubberstamp Republicans in Congress. Democrats understand that all Americans deserve an honest debate based on the facts on the ground in Iraq and are offering a new direction in Iraq and a new direction for America."
President Bush: No More Linking Iraq And 9/11
President Bush: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we
started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.
Q: What did Iraq have to do with that?
THE PRESIDENT: What did Iraq have to do with what?
Q: The attack on the World Trade Center? [Press Conference, 8/21/06]
THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack.
President Bush links "end of major combat" in Iraq with September 11th attacks. In his speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Bush stated "The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror.We have not forgotten the victims of September the 11th -- the last phone calls, the cold murder of children, the searches in the rubble. With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States. And war is what they got." [Emphasis Added, Remarks by the President, 5/1/03]
Vice President Cheney states that the war in Iraq is a strike against the terrorists who had America under assault on 9/11. On Meet the Press, Vice President Cheney stated, "If we're successful in Iraq, we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11." [Emphasis Added, NBC's Meet the Press, 9/14/03]
Or Attacking the Patriotism of Critics
President Bush This Week: "I will never question the patriotism of somebody who disagrees with me." [Press Conference, 8/21/06]
Vice President Cheney Suggested Democrats Calling For 9/11 Investigations Were Seeking "Political Advantage" In A "Time Of War." Responding to calls for an independent investigation into September 11, Vice President Cheney suggested the critics were simply operating with political motives. Cheney told a New York audience, "what I want to say to my Democratic friends in the Congress is that they need to be very cautious not to seek political advantage by making incendiary suggestions, as were made by some today, that the White House had advance information that would have prevented the tragic attacks of 9/11. Such commentary is thoroughly irresponsible and totally unworthy of national leaders in a time of war." [Meet the Press, 5/19/02; Washington Times, 5/17/02]
Americans Increasingly Dissatisfied With Bush Policies. "Americans increasingly see the war in Iraq as distinct from the fight against terrorism, and nearly half believe President Bush has focused too much on Iraq to the exclusion of other threats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. ...Public sentiment about the war remains negative, threatening to erode a Republican advantage on national security. Fifty-three percent of those polled said that going to war in the first place was a mistake, up from 48 percent in July; 62 percent said events were going "somewhat or very badly" in the attempt to bring order and stability to Iraq." [New York Times, 8/23/06]