Friday, April 30, 2004

This war was wrong to begin with. I watch the pictures of dead young American men and women float across the television tonight on "Nightline" and see faces of Americans who will never grow old, never touch their children, never bring joy to their families again, never again breathe the free air of this country and know we can't simply wait for more. We owe their comrades and future comrades our attention. Serious attention.

They gave their lives to do their duty as best they could. We can only give it our best shot at seeing that we finish the job of giving back the country they invaded and hopefully liberated to its people. Let's do it without conditions, but with any help we can find from any decent quarter. We owe our children the promise that we do it without spending any more lives than we must. The government needs to adapt to our great loss without standing on excessive pride or attempting to prove a justification for actions already made. Whatever mistakes or lies have been perpetrated on our people or the Iraqi people are made. What good has come from overthrowing Saddam can only be secured if Iraqis run their country, not Americans. Let's speed a safe transition, not cut and run, but let's not stay alone against the world to prove a long exhausted and bitter point of view.

Let's do the right thing while we still can and find a decent way to give over this land to its people(s), pass the torch back to Iraqis and let as many nations keep the peace there as the Iraqis will allow and need. Let's not try to explain any more of these deaths than we must.

Let's say a prayer for them. 721. And counting.

April 27 E-mail message to Westminster College from its President
By Fletcher M. Lamkin, Ph.D

"Dear Westminster Students, Faculty and Staff:
I would like to thank each and every one of you who were so courteous and respectful to Mr. Cheney during his visit and speech. Frankly, I must admit that I was surprised and disappointed that Mr. Cheney chose to step off the high ground and resort to Kerry-bashing for a large portion of his speech. The content and tone of his speech was not provided to us prior to the event - we had only been told the speech would be about foreign policy, including issues in Iraq. Nevertheless, I was extremely proud of the students, staff, and faculty who represented the College so well during the organization of the visit and during the speech itself -- inside and outside of the gym."

April 30- speech excerpt from John Kerry at Westminster after Lamkin invitation to respond- "This anniversary is not a time to shout. It is not a time for blame. It is a time for a new direction in Iraq and for America to work together so that once again this nation leads in a way that brings the world to us and with us in our efforts."

We'll follow up on the battle of the Churcillian speeches later. Kerry, as advertised by the Westminster College President, has been invited to speak after Veep Dick Cheney used the podium there early this week to dis the Democrat instead of delivering the Iraq policy speech he'd told college officials he'd come to deliver (see our earlier note this week).
Kerry's invitation to speak at Westminster, the site of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's historic Iron Curtain speech, came after Cheney's appearance on Monday, when he attacked the senator's national security bona fides.

The president of Westminster College then invited Kerry as well, saying he was surprised by Cheney's attack. The Veep's office had promised a policy speech instead of a driveby.

Kinda feel we've answered all the big questions now about 9/11... after all W. and Cheney spent 3.5 hours being absolutely grilled by the Commission yesterday and nothing came of it-- no transcript, no details, no controversy, not even a fully grammatical sentence in the after-press opportunity.

"I'm good about it," said W.

Then we should be too.

These guys sure made a great bargain on the ground rules for this non-event, eh?

Monday, April 26, 2004

Just in case you've missed the Veep's personal Kerry attacks, here's a clip from tomorrow's NY Times--

"It was Mr. Cheney's third speech attacking Mr. Kerry. His words on Monday were so sharp that the president of Westminster College, Fletcher M. Lamkin, sent out a notice to students and faculty chastising Mr. Cheney for the tone he set and promising to extend a similar invitation to Mr. Kerry.

"Frankly, I must admit that I was surprised and disappointed that Mr. Cheney chose to step off the high ground and resort to Kerry-bashing for a large portion of his speech," Mr. Lamkin said. "The content and tone of his speech was not provided to us prior to the event — we had only been told the speech would be about foreign policy, including issues in Iraq." "

Oh- Iraq... well, you could understand why he wouldn't want to discuss THAT.

"The senator from Massachusetts has given us ample grounds to doubt the judgment and the attitude he brings to bear on vital issues of national security," Vice President Cheney said in Fulton, where Winston Churchill's famous "Iron Curtain" speech was delivered.

Perhaps he's not enthusiastic enough about Cheney's favorite war, against nonexistent WMD and a now-defeated two-bit dictator? Or too interested in repairing relations with Europe, our desperate enemy? Perhaps he's too obsessed with fighting OSAMA BIN LADEN (who Bush/Cheney's "let the warlords do it" plan allowed to slip away at Tora Bora)? Maybe he hasn't expressed enough fear of the now defunct Soviets?

Makes you wonder... which soft spot in Kerry's turn the country over to our enemies armor to worry most about.

Not to mention, when you think of Winston Churchill, don't you think next of Dick Cheney?

Sunday, April 25, 2004




Stolen from Joe Frank blog:
"Why is it every woman begins as a comforting and reassuring answer, and ends as a nettlesome, difficult question?"

Why, why, why? Why would Meg Ryan... well, she did.

But more importantly, why does Colin Powell think it's a good thing to be known now as the guy who thought this whole invasion thing was a terrible idea-- but he didn't want to say so at the time???

Why can't the Yankees hit? And who cares? It's a wonderful thing.

Why can't I figure out how to do all my work at home, in slippers, in front of the TV?

Why not?

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