A Colorado congressman is accusing the administration of trying to hide documents showing that President Bush sparked a surge in illegal immigration last year by proposing a guest-worker program.
Try to find a single speech in which any member of the Bush administration, or any other prominent politician who supports the war, calls on America’s young people (or its middle-aged – there’s no reason to be picky when you’re fighting for national survival) to come to the aid of our badly undermanned armed forces. You won’t find one – and the reasons aren’t hard to guess. First, asking others to make sacrifices that you yourself refused to make, and that you aren’t willing for your own children to make, requires a level of hypocrisy that even most politicians can’t quite stomach.
Bush’s answer was to return to the 9/11 themes upon which his presidency came of age, saying the same resolve is needed now that Americans showed after being attacked by suicide hijackers. The president in recent days has come under new scrutiny for tying Iraq to the attacks on the United States, but he showed no hesitation in reaffirming the link, mentioning the terrorist strike five times in his speech.