October 1, 2004

What I'd like to hear...

Deacon writes:

...Usually, candidates tend to reveal their true colors towards the end of a long debate. Tonight, Kerry did so at least three times. First, when asked to identify the most serious threat we face, he said it was nuclear proliferation, not terrorism. And he mentioned that he wrote a book about the subject, pre-9/11. This illustrates how, deep down, Kerry filters the war against terrorism through his lifelong "no nukes" leftist prism. Unfortunately, Bush didn't do much better in his response to the same question, broadening Kerry's answer to include all WMD in the hands of terrorists but not mentioning Islamofascism or Jihad. Kerry, who probably sensed his error, quickly endorsed Bush's view, with an assist from Jim Lehrer (who tossed Kerry more softballs than a batter practice pitcher at a church picnic).

But soon thereafter, Kerry committed a more acute version of the same error when he argued that we were sending "mixed messages" by developing new nuclear weapons of our own, while talking about how to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. This was leftist "moral equivalence" at its worse, but again the president didn't call him on it. Finally, let's not forget Kerry's insistence on passing the global test, and his claim that in order to regain the world's respect we have "a lot of earning back to do." If the debate had lasted another half hour, Kerry might have been speaking French. There, I've almost talked myself into thinking that Kerry didn't win...

The subtext of all of Kerry's criticisms is that we should be fighting less, taking less casualties. I'm so utterly sick of it, it's CRAZY.

I wish Bush would say, "NO. We DON'T want to seal the borders of Iraq. We WANT a fight. We want a hundred fights! Mothers and fathers of America, think of Beslan. Think of Ma'alot. Imagine those animals machine-gunning YOUR children! We SHOULD stretch our military to the utmost—THIS is the time of danger they EXIST for."

Of course, people who believe in national defense are already voting for Bush--it's not our votes he is trying to win. It's the mushy middle, who hope problems will just go away...

Posted by John Weidner at October 1, 2004 8:37 AM
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