What shocked me was that the false quote..."has become a favorite of those who like to accuse critics of Bush's war policy of disloyalty or treason." FactCheck's "Internet search brought up more than 18,000 references to it." Eighteen thousand references!! Let me give you the origins of the false quote:
"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged," that's what President Abraham Lincoln said during the War Between the States.
-J. Michael Waller, "Democrats Usher in An Age of Treason." Insight magazine, 23 Dec. 2003.
The article goes on to say that J. Michael Waller thanked FactCheck for giving him an opportunity to correct his misquote. But it goes to show how hard it is to change or correct something that's already in print.
I have been told that Senators (like Teddy Kennedy) that say negative things about Bush's war undermines that morale of soldiers that are fighting for us in Iraq. I hope that's not so. I hope those soldiers are smart enough to know that there are people who object, and have objected, to the war from the beginning. And who object to good, young men dying for a cause that is certainly questionable.
If you want to read the whole article it's on the FactCheck.org web site.