August 13, 2004

As sobering as can be...

Radio host (and blogger) Hugh Hewitt has an interview with Vice President Cheney. It's worth reading. I also liked the points Hugh hits in this summing up:

The Vice President is blunt, and some of the answers, especially as to the possibility of al Qaeda having access to nukes, are as sobering as can be.  Note that he doesn't hesitate to call a shrine sensitive, but also mocks the idea that a war can be. This strikes me as exactly the right answer: tactics can be measured --the withdrawal from Fallujah in the spring, the care with which the Imam Ali Shrine is handled-- but the overall war cannot be made smooth. It is a terrible thing, and takes a terrible toll.  There's no getting around it in the world in which most of us live, though Kerry seems to dream of a far off place where the UN, led by the French and the Germans, can help us conduct a war without any hard spots or terrible losses.  Kerry's many ambiguities and his promises of greater sensitivity work well on The West Wing, perhaps, but not in a real war with real terrorists looking for real nukes and other deadly WMD.

The Veep was easy on the Christmas-in-Cambodia back-flip, as I expected he would be.  But not on the central issue of the campaign: fitness to be the commander-in-chief in a war. And I especially liked his assessment of the spread of Moore's Disease throughout the Democratic Party: It reflects a fundamental weakness of the leadership there that Moore cannot be quarantined and denounced as a marginal nutcase. 

John Edwards must be preparing to shine in his big debate date with the VP as we speak.  Edwards will certainly be better spoken --note all the "wells" throughout the transcript, and I left out many "ahs" here and there for transcribing ease-- and thus Edwards is a prohibitive favorite to "win" the debate, if Americans are looking for smooth-talk.  If they are looking for leaders to wage and win war, well then, it might turn out differently.

Posted by John Weidner at August 13, 2004 9:11 AM
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