Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Terroristic

Forgive the following rant:

You know, every talking head I've seen over the last few days has said that Bush did a good job over the last 2 months or so in keeping the focus of the election on terrorism because that's where he is strongest. I understand that this is, inexplicably, a strong talking point for Bush because people really do think he is the right American leader to deal with terrorists.

But that's fucking nuts! What are these people thinking?

The way I see it, the best way to stop terrorists is to reduce their numbers. Seems right that less terrorists means less terrorism. But how do we lessen the number of terrorists? Probably some combination of strategic precision strikes against the leadership and good faith efforts to change the economic/social motivations for these people to, you know, blow themselves up n' shit.

Probably the last thing I'd do if I wanted to reduce the number of terrorists is MAKE MORE TERRORISTS. Yet this is exactly what super-leader Bush has done. He invaded a country where there were no terrorists, only a semi-sexy despotic psycho with a killer moustache and a penchant for dipping people in battery acid...but no terrorists. Then, he crapped up the war by having no contingency plan and refusing to send enough troops to secure the country. So now, we have what amounts to a fertile terrorist breeding ground that A) did not exist before the invasion of Iraq and B) we have no chance of controlling (Newsweek just reported that Powell conceded privately that the insurgents are winning).

Iraq is now like the NFL's pre-draft scouting combine in Indianapolis, only, you know, with a lot more camels and amputees. I can imagine Al-Zarqawi poking and prodding future terrorists, saying things like, "He's a keeper" or "I'm willing to take a chance on this one despite his inexperience with ricin. He's just raw talent."

So the argument that Bush has somehow done well in the "War on Terror" is simply unfathomable to me. The "We haven't had another 9/11 under Bush's watch" is not a worthy argument either. Check out what's going on in Israel right now and what's happened in Bali, Madrid, Tunisia, Morocco, etc. They're just lots of little 9/11's.

How the media doesn't realize this (outside of Eleanor ("Nice Gams") Clift) is beyond me. Why Kerry didn't hammer this point home time after time after time at the debates is even more insane. How much more artillery did he need than "In the effort to fight terrorism, Bush attacked a country that had no terrorists and now has thousands and thousands of new terrorists in a lawless society that the US cannot control." Holy Shit!

If Kerry loses, I'm pointing to this as the major failure of his campaign. They say he didn't focus America on domestic issues. Bollocks! The winning argument fell in his lap. You cannot convince me otherwise.

5 Comments:

At 4:16 PM, Blogger ethan said...

good insight donnie. with all the other crap being spewed i seemed to have forgotten that the war should probably be (at least) 50% more important than any other issue in the ring. maybe i would've been able to overlook all of kerry's wealth redistribution/end of outsourcing ridiculousness/im for the common man even though i windsurf and/or snowboard 3 days a week hypocrisy if he just took a firm stance on the war.

p.s. my pops, a retired teacher and huuuge history/presidential buff told me the other nite that bush was far and away (bare knuckle boxing) THE worst president of his lifetime. yikes! good thing i didn't vote for him (but i hope my dad voted for cobb like you guys).

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger ethan said...

on a different note (and im telling myself to fuck off as i write this to save you the effort), you guys might want to think about putting your archives by month rather than week.

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

I'm with you E. I've been meaning to tell Ace that we should switch to montly archives. He stubbornly clings to the past. Maybe that's why he's voting for Coolidge.

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I actually just voted for Hubert H.

As Richie Valens once said, "Change the archives, ese..." I'm cool with that.

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Jason Mulgrew said...

"Iraq is now like the NFL's pre-draft scouting combine in Indianapolis, only, you know, with a lot more camels and amputees. I can imagine Al-Zarqawi poking and prodding future terrorists, saying things like, 'He's a keeper' or 'I'm willing to take a chance on this one despite his inexperience with ricin. He's just raw talent.'"

This is gold, baby! Gold!

 

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