Several Democrats criticized the president's Iraq policy and his remarks. |
problem now is the president did his photo op - he landed on the aircraft carrier,
declared the war was over - but he's never had a plan, and he's never gotten us
the help that we need and our troops deserve from other countries," former
House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) said.
Gephardt, along with
eight other Democrats, is currently campaigning for president, hoping to unseat
President Bush in the 2004 election.
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the leading Democratic nominee, called
the president's speech "outrageous."
15 minutes, he attempted to make up for 15 months of misleading the American people
and 15 weeks of mismanaging the reconstruction," he said.
also expressed some doubt over Mr. Bush's plan to ask the United Nations to authorize
a U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq.
"It's the United States' war,"
said Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican. "We're the ones that started
it. It's our responsibility to finished it."
But national security
adviser Condoleezza Rice defended the president, telling CNN there is evidence
that terrorists are trying to operate in Iraq.
The president believes the "cost of freedom and the cost
of peace cannot be measured and that it is important that we put
adequate resources to this task."