Saturday, September 11, 2004

That Fixes Everything!

Earlier this week, Vice President Cheney desperately tried to make people think that voting for John Kerry would cause a terrorist attack:

“It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."

Today, tail between his legs like a scolded puppy, he tried to "clean up" the controversy he had sparked with his hysteria:

"I did not say if Kerry is elected, we will be hit by a terrorist attack. Whoever is elected president has to anticipate more attacks. My point was the question before us is: Will we have the most effective policy in place to deal with that threat? George Bush will pursue a more effective policy than John Kerry,"

Well, that fixes everything! Let's ignore the lie and the obvious implication about John Kerry. Let's focus on the part where George Bush will be more effective. Look at the record so far - what has its effect been? What kind of effectiveness is he talking about?

  • Send too few troops to the country where the terrorists are hiding.

  • Send them too late to capture the actual terrorists.

  • As you're closing in on the bad guys, but before you finish the job, pull the vast majority of troops out of that country.

  • Send those troops to another country that posed no threat and had no dealings with the terrorists who attacked us. Attack a country we had very effectively prevented from becoming a threat, angering the very people who might want to become terrorists.

  • Leave us defenseless at home by bankrupting the national treasury and cutting funding for the very police departments, fire departments and other first responders who would protect us if there were a threat.

  • While you're at it, send the National Guard, whose role is to protect us on American soil, to the unnecessary war, so they won’t be here to protect us.

I’d say the President has been very effective - at making us MORE vulnerable.

Personally, I'd like a common sense policy that makes us LESS vulnerable. I don't like Bush/Cheney's style of effectiveness.


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