Anyway, there has been a lot of talk over the past two years about how much a former President should comment/criticize the sitting President. Nixon never did it, neither did Ford or Bush Sr. --Carter was the exception to the rule until this past weekend when Clinton jumped into the fray (though he kind of has to as his wife is going to run in '08). After Carter's countless tirades and Clinton's little ABC interview, Bush has finally answered back...with a little dig of his own. Thank God, it's nice to see some backbone.
"...Listen, there are differences of opinion about the way forward; I understand that. Some Americans want us to withdraw our troops so that we can escape the violence. I recognize their good intentions, but their position is wrong. Withdrawing our troops would make the world more dangerous, and make America less safe. To leave Iraq now would be to repeat the costly mistakes of the past that led to the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa, and the attack on the USS Cole. The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves, and so they attacked us. (emphasis mine)
Now the terrorists are testing our will and resolve in Iraq. If we fail that test, the consequences for the safety and security of the American people would be enormous. Our withdrawal from Iraq would allow the terrorists to claim an historic victory over the United States. It would leave our enemies emboldened and allow men like Zarqawi and bin Laden to dominate the Middle East and launch more attacks on America and other free nations. The battle lines are drawn, and there is no middle ground: either we defeat the terrorists and help the Iraqis build a working democracy, or the terrorists will impose their dark ideology on the Iraqi people and make that country a source of terror and instability to come for decades.
The only way the terrorists can win is if we lose our nerve and abandon the mission. For the security of the American people, that's not going to happen on my watch. We'll do our duty. We'll defeat our enemies in Iraq and other fronts in the war on terror. We'll lay the foundation of peace for our children and grandchildren." (source)
...I couldn't have said it better myself ;) Personally, I think this was also aimed at all of you loons (sorry to the ones I know, but you know how I feel about "protesters") heading down to Washington this weekend. March and sweat all you want, but it's not going to change anything... If it was up to all of you Auschwitz would still be open for business...
(Remember when you answer that it could be Bush taking stabs at Hillary (God forbid) in '08).