A special thanks to Gwen Ifill for offering a more balanced question line.
Dick Cheney was clearly in control. He was calm, comfortable, resolute, and in control of the facts. Listening to the Vice President speak gave me complete confidence that we have the right team in the right place at the right time. Complete confidence…
John Edwards appeared nervous and fidgety. He stuck to the Kerry/Edwards campaign line and left viewers without an increased feeling of confidence. His responses to the questions posed by Gwen Ifill left more questions and more uncertainties than he resolved.
Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush are the clear winners of this one and only Vice Presidential debate.
Link update: Check out what Michelle Malkin has to say.
Ambassador L. Paul Bremer yesterday ‘revealed’ at the 91st annual Insurance Leadership Forum that “…the United States paid a price for not having enough troops in place to secure the country following the brief war.”
Apparently, Mr. Bremer thought his comments would be off-the-record. Most Americans, I believe, concluded a long time ago that we didn’t have enough troops in Iraq to stabilize the country after the war.
We had a force strong enough to win the war, but a force insufficient to secure the country after major fighting had been concluded. I believe we should have gone in with overwhelming forces as Colin Powell did during the first Gulf war. If we had done so, then we could have deposed Saddam Hussein; wiped out any guerrilla forces; rebuilt Iraq’s infrastructure; installed a respectable government; packed our bags and gone home.
Iraq is a mess today, everyone knows it, but we must win this fight and terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi knows it. If the United States succeeds in Iraq, then Zarqawi knows that we will take them down “one country at a time.”
If the Unites States fails, Zarqawi’s brand of radical Islam will spread throughout the world and there will be no stopping it.
It is hard to tell these days where the government of Philippine President Gloria Arroyo stands on the war on terror.
After withdrawing Philippine troops in Iraq to comply with terrorist demands, the Arroyo government has been in a tailspin seeking to cement stronger relations with Islamic countries. Now, we learn thru Michelle Malkin that former comptroller of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Major General Carlos Garcia is suspected of skimming his own people’s tax money and possibly abusing U.S. anti-terrorism aid funds. The good general has been suspended:
Follow Michelle Malkin as she continues to break this story.
Tuesday night, Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney will square off against John Edwards at CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY in the only Vice Presidential Debate scheduled for the 2004 Presidential campaign.
Edwards will meet a seasoned opponent; Cheney will meet a skilled and polished trial lawyer. The most noticeable difference between them is age. I believe people tend to fawn over John Edwards for just that reason.
Cheney certainly has a ‘gruff’ exterior, but I would remind everyone that the United States is at war with a foe that shows no mercy. I fully believe that at this time in our history we need people like George Bush and Dick Cheney, people that can meet an enemy head on and never blink.
Imagine having President John Kerry and Vice President John Edwards September 11th, 2001. I doubt that we would be in a protracted conflict in Iraq and Afganistan today had that been the case. President John Kerry would simply keep Osama and Sadaam off balance by changing positions, Vice President John Edwards would keep them tied up in the International Court of Justice with endless lawsuits.
I apologize for being so cynical in my opinions of John Kerry and John Edwards. Truthfully though, John Kerry is like a sailboat that sails with the wind and when I consider John Edwards, I think of how much my medical insurance costs.
The Kerry/Edwards team might indeed run the country quite well someday, but not today…
Not that John Kerry needed help, but Wizbang! is following a story by INDC Journal that indicates John Kerry may have cheated at debate #1 by bringing a note of some sort with him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Kevin Harvick and held off the field to take his 5th Talledega 500 in a dramatic six lap shootout for the checkered flag!
Elliott Sadler gets airborne on the last lap, but ends up on four wheels this year. Jeff Gordon comes in 20th after managing to avoid a wreck involving Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle on lap 187.
You can check the unofficial race results here.
That’s NASCAR racing at its best!
Chinese President Hu Jintao may adopt a more flexible approach towards Taiwan according to The Straits Times.
The story runs contrary to one published by Express India the other day where President Hu Jintao was urging the army to ‘prepare for a military struggle.’
If The Straits Times story proves accurate, then President Hu may yet be the hero of the China/Taiwan saga by peacefully reunifying the island of Taiwan with the Chinese mainland. When that occurs, I hope to have a front row seat for the grand celebration!
I’m sitting here feeling so disgusted, I have just read that The Parkland High School Marching Band in Allentown, PA has refused to play for the President of the United States.
Read the story here
Partisan? Give me a break, what could be more partisan? A band should play for any President, regardless of their politics. I never cared for President Clinton much at all, but he was the President, he was ‘MY’ President and I did attempt to afford him all the respect he was due as President of the United States. I remember seeing President Clinton in Marine 1 surveying the destruction in Eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Floyd, it was a proud moment for me. Though I disagreed with him wholeheartedly about a great many things, he was ‘MY’ President.
Attempting to avoid “appearing partisan” has resulted in nothing but “appearing partisan” and the further polarization of American Politics.
Come on people, let’s give the “partisan” thing a break and just celebrate “being American.”
Kerry is showing his superior debating abilities, watching and listening to Bush is painful.
Kerry has a magic wand that, if elected, he will wave and solve the black hole mess we call Iraq. Wow, click my heels three times and I’m back in Kansas.
Bush simply responds that Kerry is denigrating someone and the Command in Chief can’t do that.
Let’s just call this one a total loss, we’ll get it right in debate #2.
The World Community continues to hear again and again from China that it is going to pound Little Taiwan if it ever declares independence.
Read the full story here
Pardon my impertinence, but I believe that a country with thousands of years of experience could find a better way to reunite itself with its “wayward” neighbor other than by “blowing it up.” Still, a peaceful reunification is difficult to see. The cultures of China and Taiwan are so distant from each other that reunification would certainly require a heavy hand.
Too much “face” is now involved for China to “let bygones be bygones” and armed conflict seems almost certain. It is doubtful that the United States would actually engage China to save Taiwan, bogged down in Iraq as it is. Taiwan will stand or fall on its own. Should Taiwan fall, the World will express its outrage and that’ll be the end of things and the world will move on…
Taiwan is free and should remain free, but neither party appears to have an answer to peacefully end the current impasse. The problem is that everyone is thinking ‘inside the box’, China and Taiwan should perhaps accept someone far removed from their dispute and be willing to consider their recommendations. It should be obvious to all that the impasse is not any closer to a resolution today than it was decades ago.
President Hu Jintao, there is another way; there has to be Sir.