It is time for people to quit hearing and seeing only what they want and start absorbing the reality of the situation.
President Bush has been telling the American people since the day of the 9/11 attacks that the war on terror would be neither quick nor easy.
Bush continued that message last May aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln when he said tough challenges remained ahead. But most people fixated on the end of major combat operations and interpreted that to mean the war was over -- even though that was not what the president said or meant...
Among those whose patience seems to be in short supply are other elected officials, particularly Democrats.
Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said, "We can't survive daily losses of the magnitude we have experienced this week without dire consequences, both politically as well as in human terms."
Yes, we can survive such losses, if we remember this nation is in a war -- a war unlike most of those fought in the past. And it is a war in which the United States has had success, even if Saddam Hussein and conclusive evidence of weapons of mass destruction have not been found.
As LaHood pointed out, there have been no terrorist attacks in the United States for more than two years.