Archive for July 2004

Feel the love for Kerry from the troops

John Kerry’s heavily hyped cross-country bus tour stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, as a group of Marines publicly dissed the Vietnam War hero in the middle of a crowded restaurant.
Kerry was treating running mate Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, to a Wendy’s lunch in Newburgh, N.Y., for their 27th wedding anniversary

One more reason we had to attack Iraq

Because this is the type of do-nothing, please play nice resolution the UN likes to put out.

With China and Pakistan abstaining, and the other 13 members approving the text, the Council agreed to impose an arms embargo against the Janjaweed militias and all other non-governmental forces in Darfur, which has been described as the site of the world

“I will defend America every time”

President Bush in Springfield, MO today:

We have more to do to wage and win the war against terror. America’s future depends on our willingness to lead in the world. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy.
BUSH: This will not happen on my watch.
The world changed on a terrible September morning. And since that day, we’ve changed the world.
Before September the 11th, Afghanistan served as the home base for Al Qaida, which trained and deployed thousands of killers to set up terror cells in dozens of countries, including our own. Today, Afghanistan is a rising democracy, an ally in the war on terror, a place where many young girls go to school for the first time. And as a result of our actions, America and the world are safer.
Before September the 11th, Pakistan was a safe transit point for terrorists. Today, Pakistani forces are aggressively helping to round up the terrorists and America and the world are safer.
Before September the 11th, in Saudi Arabia, terrorists were raising money and recruiting and operating with little opposition. Today, the Saudi government has taken the fight to Al Qaida and America and the world are safer.
Before September the 11th, Libya was spending millions to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Today, because America and our allies have sent a strong and clear message, the leader of Libya has abandoned his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and America and the world are safer.
Before September the 11th, the ruler of Iraq was a sworn enemy of America.
BUSH: He was defying the world. He was firing weapons at American pilots and forcing the world’s sanctions. He had pursued and used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. He had harbored terrorists. He invaded his neighbors. He subsidized the families of suicide bombers. He had murdered tens of thousands of his own citizens. He was a source of great instability in the world’s most vulnerable region.
I took those threats seriously. After September the 11th, we had to look at the threats in a new light. One of the lessons of September the 11th is we must deal with threats before they fully materialize.
The September the 11th commission concluded that our institutions of government had failed to imagine the horror of that day. After September the 11th, we cannot fail to imagine that a brutal tyrant, who hated America, who had ties to terror, had weapons of mass destruction and might use those weapons or share his deadly capability with terrorists was not a threat.
We looked at the intelligence. We saw a threat. Members of the United States Congress from both political parties, including my opponent, looked at the intelligence and they saw a threat.
We went to the United Nations, which unanimously demanded a full accounting of Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs or face serious consequences. After 12 years of defiance, he refused to comply with the demands of the free world.
When he continued to deceive the weapons inspectors, I had a decision to make: to hope for the best and to trust the word of a madman and a tyrant, or remember the lessons of September the 11th and defend our country.
BUSH: Given that choice, I will defend America every time.
When it comes to fighting the threats of our world and making America safer and promoting the peace, we’re turning the corner, and we’re not turning back.

What was missing from Kerry’s speech

JOHN KERRY told us more last night about his childhood memories of bike riding in Berlin than he did about his nearly three decades in public office.
“I ask you to judge me by my record,” he implored, but then said virtually nothing about it. There was a single throwaway line about his time as a prosecutor. Nothing at all about being elected lieutenant governor. And just three sentences about his 20 years in the US Senate. Twenty years! A third of his life! Yet neither in his speech nor in the video that preceded it did Kerry say anything about what those two decades have meant to him or what lessons they may have taught him or how he thinks they have prepared him for national leadership.
“Judge me by my record,” he says. But all night long — all week long — there is only one part of Kerry’s long record that the Democrats have wanted Americans to notice: the part that ended 35 years ago when he came home from Vietnam. Why are they so reticent about everything he’s done since?
Boston Globe

Kerry’s speech

It was a very pretty speech, you’d almost think it was true and that he actually believed it. With all his talk about the people who fought alongside him in Vietnam you’d almost think he hadn’t come home and called them war criminals. You’d almost think President Bush had claimed the flag belonged to those who support him. You’d almost think that there was something President Bush could have done to get the people in bed with Saddam Hussein to go along with removing him. You’d almost think Kerry’s opinion of the war in Iraq wasn’t directly tied to what people want to hear. You’d almost think Kerry’s fit to be Commander in Chief.
Almost, but if you did you’d be wrong.

The Case for George W. Bush

Tom Junod makes a great case for the reelection of President Bush from the perspective of a “Bush is an asshole” Liberal.

As easy as it is to say that we can’t abide the president because of the gulf between what he espouses and what he actually does , what haunts me is the possibility that we can’t abide him because of us

Say what you will about the LA Times (and I’ve said my share of things)…

…but I can appreciate their choices in convention-related blog links.
–Update–
Ditto for the Washington Post.

Are we sure Edwards isn’t a prisoner blinking messages in morse code?

In a 34.5 second span during John Edwards’ speech I counted 52 blinks.
He complains about the negativity of President Bush’s campaign. Oddly enough I don’t see him calling off the Liberal 527 attack dogs, telling them to take the high road. The attacks coming from President Bush’s campaign, which are really only exposing Kerry’s voting record, are nothing compared to the negativity coming from the Left day in and day out. President Bush has been compared to Hitler, and Republicans compared to Nazis and he thinks it’s the Republicans who are going negative?

Whoops

Who let Al Sharpton onstage? I thought the point of the convention was to hide the negativity, hatred and vitriol that the Democratic Party actually stands for today.
–Addendum–

I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in ’54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school.
Washington Post

Really? That’s odd, here it is ’04 and Colin Powell is the Secretary of State, Rod Paige is the Secretary of Education, Alphonso Jackson is the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development and Condoleezza Rice is the National Security Advisor. (And since Sharpton is only interested in the welfare of blacks I won’t bring up Chao, Abraham, or Mineta.) Yeah, hypothetical President Bush from 50 years ago clearly would have been against blacks going to law school. /sarcasm

The Kerry video

The GOP has a great, almost 12 minute video laying out the multitude of Kerry’s unprincipled positions on the Iraq war.
The transcript is here.

KERRY: “I would disagree with John McCain that it