You Let Al-Qaida Off Hook, Bush Told
Who told Bush this? The CIA? Nope.
Military Intelligence? Nope.
The Homeland Security Department? Nope.
The FBI? Nope.
The source for these drastic revelations are none other than, you guessed it- the Democrat candidates for President in 2004.
Congressman Richard Gephardt said: “We are vulnerable to future attacks because this administration has not done its job.”
Governor Howard Dean accused the White House of “strangling cities and towns” by refusing them money for protection.
Perhaps most significantly, the bombings offered a new impetus to the presidential campaign of Senator Bob Graham of Florida, the oldest, probably least-known and maybe the weirdest of the nine Democratic candidates challenging Mr Bush.
Mr Graham was reported to have stolen the show in Iowa with a powerful attack on the administration’s decision to invade Iraq as a distraction. “They have conducted an ideological war in Iraq … and at the same time they have stopped the war against terror,” he said. “We have let al-Qaida off the hook.”
*** Update ***
As noted by the Instapundit and the Calpundit (in the comments), the most offensive thing about this piece is the headline, with which Engel may have had little or nothing to do. However, I also hate the absolutely uncritical tone of the piece, which simply accepts as gospel truth what the candidates have to say- you see, they sit in on intelligence briefings, so it must be true. If President Bush had stated “Democrats hat any kind of tax cut,” it would be perfectly fair (and the writer’s responsibility, IMHO), to point out that the Democrats have recently proposed a number of tax cuts. Why should a writer not point out all of the recent arrests and successes in the War on terror when someone is claiming that Bush has ‘stopped the war on terror?’