Several Democrats were furious that Maliki did not condemn Hezabollah or Hamas when he spoke previously and demanded that House Speaker Dennis Hastert not allow Maliki to address congress on Wednesday. Hastert refused and Maliki was met by a standing ovation when he addressed congress as scheduled.
Numerous concerned Democrats had written an angry letter expressing their disgust. Here's the list of those who signed it:
Among the signers of the letter were Emanuel, Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Il.), Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Michael McNulty (D-NY), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), William Delahunt (D-Mass.), C.B. Maloney (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), John Olver (D-Mass.), Sander Levin (D-Mich.), George Miller (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and Artur Davis (D-Ala.)
Among the Dems' concerns raised in the letter was this one:
The goal of the invasion in Iraq was not to remove one threat in favor of another. The President's stated goal was to establish a strong liberal democracy in Iraq, which would help to bring stability to the Middle East.
A 'strong liberal democracy'? I don't recall Bush ever asserting any such thing. 'liberal'? C'mon. As for democracy, the Dems conveniently ignore the fact that free speech is an essential part of that concept.
And what about that whole WMD thing that was his first 'stated goal' for invading Iraq? Does he get a free pass from these Democrats for that now?
Let's face it, bringing this disagreement down to the point where a congressperson has the audacity to call Maliki's statements 'anti-semitic' just shows how desperate and confused some Democrats really are.