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Robertson called Democratic war criticism "treason"
Media Matters
December 12, 2005

Summary: Pat Robertson said that Democratic criticism of the war in Iraq "amounts to treason."

On the December 7 edition of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America, said Democratic criticism of the Iraq war "amounts to treason" and that "carping criticism ... just doesn't cut it."

From the December 7 edition of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club:

ROBERTSON: We've won the war already, and for the Democrats to say we can't win it -- what kind of a statement is that? And furthermore, one of the fundamental principles we have in America is that the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces and attempts to undermine the commander in chief during time of war amounts to treason. I know we have an opportunity to express our points of view, but there is a time when we're engaged in a combat situation that carping criticism against the commander in chief just doesn't cut it. And I think that yes, we have freedom of speech -- of course we do -- but this has gone over the top and I think the Republicans are -- well, they've taken advantage.

History will say Robertson and his ilk were wrong about war. Nothing he says or does now will change that fact. He can apologize and move on, but instead he defends a war that is being fought for no reason. Robertson, like the GOP are losing power quickly. They see the writing on the wall and are hoping right wing extremists will fall for their blather. I doubt anyone cares what Robertson or the GOP think about anything. I mean, how many times does a Party or a person be wrong and still have credibility.

Treason is defined in the Constitution as "giving aid and comfort to the enemy." Reagan did this when he sold our enemies (hostage-takers) weapons. In effect, Reagan sold weapons to our enemies - or he gave them aid. I can't see how any reputable historian can ignore this fact. As for Bush and Iraq, this is just as simple. Iraq has become a country that harbors terrorists. Using a logical extension of Bush policy in Afghanistan we'd be required to take out the Iraqi government.