Saturday, June 19, 2004

Addressing the troops

From Friday's speech at Fort Lewis, Washington:

The events of September 11, 2001, beyond the immeasurable grief and suffering it caused for thousands of American families, was a battle cry that summoned America to a war we vaguely knew was going on but hadn't really comprehended how near the threat was and how atrocious were the purposes and plans of our enemies.

It's a big thing, this war, a fight between two ideologies completely opposed to each other. It's a fight between a just regard for human dignity and a malevolent force that defiles an honorable religion by disputing God's love for each and every soul on Earth. It's a fight between right and wrong, good and evil. It's no more ambiguous than that.

It's a fight, and should the enemy acquire for their arsenal the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons they seek, this war will become an even bigger thing. It will become a fight for survival.

That's why your courage is so indispensable to us. You have taken the fight to our enemies, Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and you took the fight to Iraq where the tyrant Saddam. Whether he possessed the terrible weapons that would have turned this war into a fight for survival or not, he had used them before and was, I have no doubt, firmly determined to possess them again someday -- for what terrible purpose we can only imagine with dread.
The words of our Warmonger-in Chief? No. These are the remarks of Senator John McCain, the man many Democrats, including John Kerry himself, wanted to be the vice-presidential candidate!

I hope those people are starting to realize what a poor choice McCain would have been. Thankfully McCain didn't want the job. Read the full transcript of McCain and Bush's remarks here.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Clearer than you could ever know

From the "truth is stranger than fiction" department: In a White House ceremony today, George W. Bush unveiled the official presidential portraits of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Bush (or rather, his advisors and speechwriters), in a saavy political move, decided to be as generous as possible toward the former prez and current senator. From Bush's remarks:

"The years have done a lot to clarify the strengths of this man."
Well, yeah, NO SHIT, GEORGE!

Three-and-a-half years of you has made the Clinton presidency look like an edenic dream. Three-and-a-half years of you has made a John Kerry presidency look like salvation from on high (and that's no easy feat).

"As chief executive, he showed a deep and far-ranging knowledge of public policy, a great compassion for people in need, and the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president."
Well, George, I guess you have one out of three -- that is, if you can honestly be credited with that last quality. It's debatable. Call it one-half out of three?