Mon 17 May, 2004 05:22 pm
he is smokin' crack.
By DAVID ESPO
AP Special Correspondent
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Monday the war in Iraq and Israel's battle against Palestinian terrorists are two fronts in the same global conflict, "and we will win it."
"The survival of Israel is essential to America's victory in the war on terror, and America's victory in the war on terror is essential to Israel's survival," the Texas Republican told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
"We will never leave their side."
DeLay, by contrast, made a ringing defense of Bush's conduct of the war, and linked Israel's struggle to the war in Iraq.
He called the president "the greatest friend of Israel in the world today."
"It was President Bush who realized Yasser Arafat had no intention of seeking peace, and therefore cut him off from any further negotiations, isolating him as the terrorist he is," DeLay said. "It was President Bush who understood that the war America was waging against terrorism was the same war Israel had been fighting for decades."
"We are told Israel's decision to target leaders of those terrorist organizations that target her citizens only puts the Israeli people at greater risk," he said.
"We are told the war on terror -- whether waged by the United States and our coalition of the willing or by the people of Israel -- was a mistake, is a quagmire and will be a regret.
"Ladies and gentleman, we are told ... wrongly."