Reaction to Bush’s U.N. Speech

And now the most compelling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:

Does Sen. Byrd Need A Fact Check? 
Defense Secretary Rumsfeld (search) did not mention it when Democratic Sen. Byrd (search) charged today that the administration had no mandate for rebuilding Iraq and establishing Democracy there, but five years ago, Congress passed the Iraqi Liberation Act (search ).

Its key provision is as follows: "It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime."

The Senate vote was unanimous. And that language was included by reference in the resolution passed last October that authorized the president to use force in Iraq.

Reaction to Bush’s United Nations Speech

The USA Today headline on the presidents' speech at the U.N. reads…“Bush Invites Help in Iraq."
The Wall Street Journal…"Bush Urges U.N. to help efforts to rebuild Iraq."
The New York Post…"Bush U.N. Message to the World: No Surrender, No Retreat."
The New York Times…"Bush, at U.N. Defends Policy Over Iraq."
The Washington Post …"Bush Is Criticized at U.N. Over Iraq."

‘Wes Won't Get My Vote’

Meanwhile, Retired Army General Hugh Shelton (search) — who was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs when Wesley Clark was commanding the U.S.-led war in Kosovo (search) — says,  "Wes won't get my vote."

Shelton is reported in the Los Altos California, Town Crier to have gotten a question about Clark and his presidential campaign during a college forum earlier this month.

The paper says Shelton paused, took a drink of water, then said, "I've known Wes for a long time. I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues."

He did not elaborate. Clark was relieved of his NATO command a year ahead of schedule despite the success of the Kosovo operation.

More Clark Analysis

Clark, by the way, has not always been the harsh critic of the Bush administration on Iraq that he is now that he's running for president.

Shortly after the war began, Clark said the U.S. has a, "very strong leadership team in this government."

He also wrote an early  column on the war saying, "President Bush and Tony Blair should be proud of their resolve in the face of so much doubt."

Just yesterday, however, Clark said global reaction to the war, "demonstrates just how badly the president has handled the Iraq situation from the start."

— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report

With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume