The President's Speech
(On Iraq July 28, 2005)
In his address to the nation, President Bush gave a thorough and informative explanation about our purpose in Iraq and what is being accomplished. Being presidential and a man of integrity, he did not say why the American people seem to be losing faith in his efforts to protect our country.
The reason the majority of Americans do not approve of Mr. Bush's performance in the conflict in Iraq is because of the news media's relentless bias and negative reporting, minimizing foreign terrorists' role and maximizing the role of insurgents and the concerted effort to demoralize the military, their families and our civilian population.
Add to the equation the overall demonization of Mr. Bush and Republicans by Democrats and the successful efforts to discourage military recruitment and then the true motives are revealed: ugly political campaigns to take back the presidency and the Congress in the 2006 and 2008 elections at any cost. That is unconscionable in these perilous times and something I will not forget when choosing news sources and when voting.
DANIEL B. JEFFS
Apple Valley, Calif.