As a military veteran (Like Hackett, I was what was called a REMF back in the Vietnam era.) I take great pleasure in the fact that Hackett made an issue out of this:
In a pre-election interview with USA Today shortly before the election, Hackett rebuked Bush for his swaggering 2003 declaration regarding the Iraqi insurgents that: "There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring them on." "That's the most incredibly stupid comment I've ever heard a president of the United States make," Hackett told the interviewer. "He cheered on the enemy." Hackett also referred to Republican supporters of the war who had not served in the military as "chickenhawks."
I don't care that Bush's "bring it on" statement is from all the way back in 2003. It was an incredibly stupid comment and Bush fully deserves to be hammereed for it! Bush sat their on his duff 6000-7000 miles away from the front, has only gotten as close as the Baghdad Airport during the early morning hours (People might remember Bush serving turkey to the troops) and made a statement that put troops in danger by encouraging the enemy! And hey, if Republicans can drag up questions about Kerry's military service from three decades back, surely liberals can holler about Bush's statements from only two years back!