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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

John Kerry Cuts To The Chase

James Joyner has done a marvelous summary of how bad things are in Iraq, Juan Cole has two solid days worth of well blogged detail, and John Kerry, speaking to the National Guard, puts the blame right where it belongs:

"President Bush came before you and you received him well, as you should. But I believe he failed the fundamental test of leadership. He failed to tell you the truth. You deserve better. The Commander in Chief must level with the troops and the nation. And as president, I will always be straight with you – on the good days, and the bad days.

"Two days ago, the President stood right where I’m standing and did not even acknowledge that more than 1,000 men and women have lost their lives in Iraq. He did not tell you that with each passing day, we’re seeing more chaos, more violence, more indiscriminate killings. He did not tell you that with each passing week, our enemies are getting bolder – that Pentagon officials report that entire regions of Iraq are now in the hands of terrorists and extremists. He did not tell you that with each passing month, stability and security seem farther and farther away.

"He did not tell you any of this, even though – as the country learned today in the New York Times – his own intelligence officials have warned him for weeks that the mission in Iraq is in serious trouble. But that is the truth – hard as it is to hear. You deserve a president who will not play politics with national security, who will not ignore his own intelligence, while living in a fantasy world of spin, and who will give the American people the truth about the challenge our brave men and women face on the front lines."

Go, Johnny, go, go, go.

1 Comments:

Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Joseph Marshall
RE: Fisking Kerry @ the National Guard Officers Association Meeting

"...he [President Bush] did not even acknowledge that more than 1,000 men and women have lost their lives in Iraq." -- Senator Kerry

He shouldn't need to. These are officers. They know the 'score'. Does Kerry think they're dense? Or is he just playing at 'prophet of doooooom'?


"He did not tell you that with each passing day, we’re seeing more chaos, more violence, more indiscriminate killings." -- Senator Kerry

What does he mean by "more"? Each single event is one "more". And, by the way, if a single day goes by without there being "more chaos, more violence, more indiscriminate killings", does that make Kerry a liar again?

"He did not tell you that with each passing week, our enemies are getting bolder – that Pentagon officials report that entire regions of Iraq are now in the hands of terrorists and extremists." -- Senator Kerry

What does he mean by "region"? A neighborhood is a 'region'. Fallujah qualifies as such. Parts of Baghdad, e.g., Sadr City, too. That mosque in Najah.

The point here is that I could likewise say whole regions of Iraq are peaceful. The question becomes, which is more predominate? Peaceful or full of insurgants of various stripe? We could look at it geographically or population-wise. I'd like to see the data. Does Senator Kerry have it?

Should I expect a reply soon?

"He did not tell you that with each passing month, stability and security seem farther and farther away." -- Senator Kerry

"Seem"? Hmmmmm....I guess if you look at the world through s--- colored glasses, things look pretty bad.

Typcial politican, Senator Kerry. Not what I'd call a statesman, by any stretch of the imagination.

Regards,

Chuck(le)

4:31 PM  

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