John Kerry issued the following statement on President Bush’s speech today in Norfolk, VA:
“Caught up in a wave of indictments and concerns about the war in Iraq, President Bush again tried to distract and divide Americans with more of the same standard fare rhetoric.
“Rather than learn from the scandal engulfing a White House that endangered a CIA agent to attack an Administration critic, the President again today attacked Americans who ask tough questions of his failed policies. Rather than play politics with our national security to take the focus off indictments, the Administration needs to put its focus on destroying Al Qaeda and cleaning up the mess they created in Iraq.
“It’s time for the White House to face the truth. America is less safe because mistake after mistake have turned Iraq into the terrorist haven it was not before the invasion. Osama bin Laden remains at large over four years after September 11th because instead of destroying that mass murderer, the Administration’s missteps in Iraq have empowered a new global terrorist kingpin in Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This Administration still has done virtually nothing to confront Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism controlled by a hardliner who just this week called for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth.
“It’s time for the president to stop using terrorism as a political weapon, and instead start fighting a more effective war on terror. When it comes to national security, Americans deserve better.”