Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

March 18, 2004

by J

Kerry Speech - Military Families

Kerry gave a decent speech yesterday titled "Protecting Our Military Families in Times of War." Some interesting bits:
At the heart of that force must be a fully prepared, fully equipped, fully staffed, state-of-the-art military ready to face any adversary, anywhere. Four years ago, George Bush said that our troops lacked the support they needed. Four years ago, he promised them: "Help is on the way." He sent that message to the same military that had been built up in the 1990s and was soon to perform so brilliantly in Afghanistan and Iraq. Well, I say this today: George Bush can't have it both ways. He can't decry the military's readiness in 2000 and then take credit for its success in 2001, before he even passed his first defense budget. Now, in 2004, our armed forces are more extended than at any time in a generation -- and at this time, they are still waiting for help.

[...] America's strength is not found in our military alone, but in every area of American life. In small towns and cities across this country, there are judges, public administrators, educators, economists, civil engineers, and public safety professionals. They represent a vast untapped reserve of citizens capable - and I believe willing - to make their contribution to national security. It is time to marshal their skills and experience in service to America. They are an army unto themselves; and today I propose that we enlist thousands of them in a Civilian Stability Corps, a reserve organization of volunteers ready to help win the peace in troubled places.

[...] Twenty-percent of our Reservists and their families don't have health care coverage. But George Bush threatened to veto funding for Iraq if it included more money for health care for Reservists, and then tried to cut the pay of soldiers in the field and school aid for children of military families. If I am President, our men and women in uniform will get the benefits they deserve.
I do wish he wouldn't use the phrase "War on Terror." At the very least, say "war on terrorism."
Posted by J at March 18, 2004 07:15 AM

Or my personal preference, 'War on Terrorists'. You know, we could actually tell when we've won that one.

Posted by: V at March 18, 2004 07:55 AM

I would like it if he said "When I am president" instead of "if." Such a tiny little thing, but it makes a huge difference in the impact. Say "when" instead of "if," and everyone starts to believe. "If" leaves room for doubt.

Posted by: Fish at March 18, 2004 11:24 PM

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