But then I read the release more closely. Apparently, the Democrats have done nothing but support all that our nation is trying to achieve in the War on Terror, and the Republicans have been sowing despair and discontent. Well, shame on them.
September 13, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY
WASHINGTON, DC — House Democratic Caucus Chairman James E. Clyburn today delivered the following speech on the House floor:
“Five years after 9/11, we have still failed to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. We have not destroyed al Qaeda. A new Pentagon report shows that the situation in Iraq is worsening, with the number of attacks against Americans and Iraqis climbing to highest average per week since the war began. Nearly 2,700 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq; over 20,000 have been wounded. U.S. taxpayers have paid more than $300 billion for the Iraq war.
“Yet we are spending four hours on the House floor debating a partisan resolution about one of the most tragic days in American history. Mr. Speaker, now is not the time to divide the country. Slogans and partisanship will not bring us victory. ‘Stay the course,’ ‘You’re either with us or against us,’ are not strategic military strategies.
“Five years after 9/11 we must be clear, the war in Iraq has distracted us from finding Osama bin Laden, dismantling al Qaeda and fighting the war on terrorism. We must put the future of Iraq in the hands of the Iraqis so we can focus on our primary goal, winning the war on terrorism. We must also end the stonewalling and pass the 9/11 Commission recommendations.
“But the Republican Leadership is fighting the wrong battle. They announced yesterday, a war against Democrats on security. Mr. Speaker, our nation is engaged in a war against a real and brutal enemy who finds pleasure in taking innocent life and who works every day to undermine the freedom and democracy we hold dear. I suggest the Republican Leadership focus its energy on fighting that enemy, not their fellow Americans.
“As this nation faces the greatest challenge of our generation, defeating terrorism, our leaders must preach strength and unity, not partisanship and divisiveness.”