Dialogue with RespectfullyRepublican.com
We welcome Patrick of RespectfullyRepublican.com of Washington State to our discussion. One set of money quotes:
Look, Bush has stuck with Iraq. He has to talk about it and what would happen if troops were re-deployed. He openly acknowledged in his speech today that his critics aren't un-patriotic or "appeasers" and that they're mostly decent people--but their dead wrong in their support for an immediate pull-out.
I don't know what more you want to hear from the President, but in terms of being concerned about the war effort--I'm right there with you. I think we're closer to failure than we've ever been, and that makes the road ahead even tougher.
And here's what we want to hear from the President:
I urge all real Americans eligible to serve (healthy heterosexuals 41 and under) to consider volunteering for military service in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), even if you plan other careers later in life. Your country needs you now.
And I've also decided that the Clinton Administration "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy actually hurts our military readiness. I am therefore asking Congress to repeal it without further delay.
If President Bush really wants to WIN the GWOT, he can at least say - and mean - these two things. And he can say the first before the College and Young Republicans - let leaders lead!