LA Times The Republicans' strategy is to counter critique with caricature, and they do it with all the panache of an old Roadrunner cartoon, effectiv
September 11, 2004

LA Times

The Republicans' strategy is to counter critique with caricature, and they do it with all the panache of an old Roadrunner cartoon, effectively smashing Kerry with rhetorical frying pans."Even in this post-9/11 period, Sen. Kerry doesn't appear to understand how the world has changed. He talks about leading a 'more sensitive war on terror,' as though Al Qaeda will be impressed with our softer side," Dick Cheney mocked in his convention speech, reusing a joke that wasn't funny the first time.

This from a man who secured five deferments from Vietnam because he had "other priorities" at the time. But it was Cheney's own war "fever," as Colin Powell described it to the Washington Post's Bob Woodward, that was crucial in the president's reckless decision to chase U.N. inspectors out of Iraq — lest they confirm that the White House was hyping a WMD threat that didn't exist.There is nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat," said a sneering George W. Bush, challenging Kerry's patriotism because he dared vote against a version of an $87-billion bill that will neatly turn around the fortunes of Cheney's old outfit, Halliburton. So far, the Texas-based corporation has accomplished next to nothing when it comes to bringing peace, stability or even a steady supply of running water and electricity to Iraq and Afghanistan. But what should we expect from a man who used his family name to get out of serving in Vietnam but has yet to condemn those among his staff and financial contributors who floated the phony Swift boat ad attack on Kerry's wartime courage. Full Article

This is the Orwellian cartoon we live with every day that Bush remains president, in which supporting troops means sending them to die while occupying a deeply troubled country that posed no threat to us; in which a man hit with "only shrapnel" when serving his country is considered akin to a traitor for speaking out against an immoral war when he returns.
Four more years of George W. Bush would mean more blood flowing — and none of it would be fake.

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