Monday, October 11, 2004

NUISANCE VALUE So apparently the President is taking issue with John Kerry's desire to "get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives but they're a nuisance."

The comment suggests, apparently, that John Kerry isn't serious about the war on terror.

I'm almost speechless. Almost.

Remember, this is the same George W. Bush who recently said about the war on terror (a war he himself declared): "I don't think we can win it."

It's the man who read a Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) titled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US"--a memo warning that "FBI information since [1998] indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings"--and did nothing in response.

It's the man who, the morning after receiving that briefing, took his PDB during a twenty minute limo drive to a golf game.

It's the man who has allowed programs for port security, air cargo security and chemical plant security to go underfunded.

And it's the man who took special forces out of Afghanistan to pursue a war with a country his advisers concede wasn't an imminent threat at the time, but believe has since become the "central front" in the war on terror.

Clearly one of these men isn't serious about terrorism.

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