Thursday, January 20

BUSH ANSWERS KOCH AND RUDY

Former New York Mayor, Edward Koch, a Democrat who wholeheartedly supported the re-election of President Bush and campaigned on his behalf, along with Christopher Rudy, a widely-read conservative columnist, have called for the United States to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Koch did it in this column and Rudy in this piece.

Whether Bush read either or has been made aware of their views in this regard, he answered Koch and Rudy (and others of like mindset) today in his Second Inaugural Address:

Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon.

There will be no equivalent during Bush's second term of the "Fall of Saigon." There will be no aircraft pushed over the sides of aircraft carriers or Iraqi citizens scrambling atop the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Baghgad to escape the onrushing oppressors. Bush is chastized for perceived obstinancy. But Bush is a leader and a man of great vision, and he takes the heat as well as any American president since Harry Truman. And, recalling Teddy Roosevelt's immortal words, President Bush does not dwell in that gray twilight that knows not victory, or defeat.