Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

October 17, 2004

by V

A question for Bush supporters and surrogates...

If electing John Kerry would "make the world a more dangerous place"... if it's so self-evident that Bush will do such a better job 'fighting the Global War on Terror'...

Then why are the two places in America that were actually hit on 9/11 and which so clearly remain juicy targets - New York and the D.C. Metro area (Northern VA if you want to get really specific) - so solidly supporting John Kerry?

And can you explain why, say, Southerners who really aren't facing the same level of risk of attack are the ones who are so adamant that Bush is essential for America's safety?

I'm curious.
Posted by V at October 17, 2004 10:17 AM

Al Qaeda endorsed Bush earlier this year. Really. So why isn't the "liberal" media all over this?

Posted by: Nanovirus at October 18, 2004 09:39 AM

Here's what I tell people:

I'm not a counter terrorism expert. I haven't spent my career thinking about Al Qaeda and Islamic fundamentalists. Neither, frankly, have Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al.

But Richard A. Clarke is an expert; maybe America's foremost expert. He was the "counterterrorism czar" for two presidents. Here's how he judges Bush:

"George W. Bush, who failed to act prior to September 11 on the threat from al Qaeda despite repeated warnings and then harvested a political windfall for taking obvious yet insufficient steps after the attacks, and who launched an unnecessary and costly war in Iraq that strengthened the fundamentalist, radical Islamic terrorist movement worldwide."

Clarke, by the way, made this assessment before Abu Ghraib came into the public consciousness, and before the most recent violent phase of the Iraqi insurgency.

Yes, Bush STRENGTHENED the fundamentalist, radical Islamic terrorist movement worldwide. STRENGTHENED!

The Kerry campaign should take a page out of Karl Rove's playbook and attack Bush's perceived "strength" on the Global War On Terror -- they should put Clarke's quote on every TV in the country...

Posted by: Jeff Kandt at October 18, 2004 03:04 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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