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Tuesday, March 09, 2004

 

And the evisceration begins
People have pointed to Bush's knock-down drag-out primary with McCain as a portent of things to come in this election. They are wrong to do so. Bush is in such a strong place, and Kerry is so easy a target, that it will take very little to destroy him utterly. Bush gave a speech yesterday that is a portent of things to come, especially these following paragraphs. Take note of them, because they strike chords you will be hearing repeatedly in the next eight months.
Some are skeptical that the war on terror is really a war at all. Just days ago my opponent indicated he's not comfortable using the word, "war," to describe the struggle we're in. He said, "I don't want to use that terminology." He also said the war on terror is far less of a military operation and far more of an intelligence-gathering, law enforcement operation. I disagree. Our nation followed that approach after the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993. The matter was handled in the courts, and thought by some to be settled. But the terrorists were still training in Afghanistan, plotting in other nations and drawing up more ambitious plans. And after the chaos and carnage of September the 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States of America, and war is what they got.

One very important part of this war is intelligence-gathering, as Senator Kerry noted. Yet, in 1995, two years after the attack on the World Trade Center, my opponent introduced a bill to cut the overall intelligence budget by one-and-a-half billion dollars. His bill was so deeply irresponsible that he didn't have a single co-sponsor in the United States Senate. Once again, Senator Kerry is trying to have it both ways. He's for good intelligence, yet he was willing to gut the intelligence services. And that is no way to lead a nation in a time of war.
Along with a paragraph about Kerry's inability to maintain a constant position ("My opponent clearly has strong beliefs -- they just don't last very long."), this was the only mention of Kerry in the speech. And it's all that is needed. Mentioning just three things puts Kerry out of the running for the presidency: he doesn't stick to his convictions, he thinks the war on terror isn't a war, but a law enforcement issue, he voted to cut intelligence funding. That's it, and Kerry's done. Sometimes, things really are that simple.
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