Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Cheney is awful
"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," Cheney told about 350 supporters at a town-hall meeting in this Iowa city.

If Kerry/Edwards can't hit back strongly at this insulting, preposterous statement, then maybe they don't deserve to win.

How would you respond?

My suggestion: If the Vice President would pay attention, he would notice that we are being hit, every day, thanks to his, and the President's misguided, misleading, rush to war in Iraq. Now 1,000 US soldiers have been killed, over 7,000 horribly injured, and still counting, with no end in sight, and no plan for either peace or exit. Mr. Cheney may not be able to identify with those soldiers in combat, but WE ARE being hit when our sons and daughters are bombed and shot in Iraq. And here at home, did Mr. Cheney help protect us from being hit in the future when he convinced the President to shift our attention away from those who attacked us on September 11, and onto Iraq? When they decided not to fully fund homeland security measures, but shifted that money into Iraq as well? And he has the nerve to suggest that his judgment, and the President's, will make us less likely to be hit, this from the man whose judgment told him that our troops could bomb the Middle East and be greeted as liberators.

The idea that the policies of Senators Kerry and Edwards would make us less safe is an out-of-control, irresponsible scare tactic. Senator Kerry believes there are other approaches to American security than the present course--one based on the right priorities, the right balance of diplomacy with force, and with a realistic vision and plan for lasting peace, rather than everlasting war. The President and Vice President believe that all plans not their own are to the benefit of the enemy, an enabler of evil, and against America. We already knew that they consider other countries of the world to be "either with us or against us." It's a shame they have the same thoughts about disagreements with policy makers here at home.

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