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Tuesday, August 31, 2004


Bush takes back his "can't win" statement:
In a speech to the national convention of the American Legion, Bush said, "We meet today in a time of war for our country, a war we did not start yet one that we will win."
Apparently, VP candidate John Edwards did the obligatory Democratic response to one of Bush's few sensible statements:
"What if President Reagan had said that it may be difficult to win the war against communism? What if other presidents had said it'd be difficult to win the war - the Cold War?" Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards said on ABC's "Nightline" program. "The war on terrorism is absolutely winnable."
So who wins in this stupidity debate? Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, the Carlisle Group, al Qaeda, and the Democratic and Republican leadership. Who loses? Everybody else in the world.

Immensely reassuring to hear Edwards citing Reagan as an example, giving St. Ronald undeserved credit for the fall of the Soviet Union, which in reality happened because the USSR pursued policies in the 1980's remarkably similar to what the US is pursuing now. (Invade Afghanistan, anyone?) So John-boy: What if President Ford had insisted that the war in Vietnam was winnable? What if Jefferson Davis had insisted in 1865 that the "war of northern aggression" was winnable?

Bush says absolutely ridiculous things every single day. But the Kerry campaign jumps on him the hardest in those rare moments when he is making some sense.

I don't buy one single word of the "war on terrorism." September 11 just gave American militarists one more excuse to pursue world domination (see post below). We continue to harbor many known terrorists in Miami (and in our government, like Poindexter and Abrams and Negroponte), and continue to be allies with hotbeds of terrorism like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan. We've already committed the equivalent of probably dozens of 9/11's on the people of Afghanistan and Iraq in just the past three years.

I turned strongly anti-Bush shortly after 9/11 after hearing his widely-applauded atrocious speeches--especially the "with us or with the terrorists" line. Only since then have I learned of the ongoing and practically unbroken series of crimes committed by my country under both Republicans and Democrats. The only answer I have to Repugs who ask why I wasn't protesting Clinton in 1999 for the bombing of Yugoslavia like I protest Bush now for the rape of Iraq is that I was ignorant then. In my defense, I never voted for either one of them.