Week Six - September 3rd, 2004
This week is a bit long but with all the rhetoric the Republicans are spewing at their convention I had to add a little more than usual. It’s amazing how the entire convention has consisted of two things. First, exploiting 9/11/01. Second, attacking Kerry with the obvious “flip-flop” garbage we’ve heard time and again. In light of that, both of this weeks’ quotes highlight Dubya & Co flip flopping over the issues.
And here’s something to remember, the majority of items the Republicans spin and spit to support Kerry being a flip-flop is from his Senate career that spans many many years. I sure hope that someone’s views would change over time and evolve with the current issues that the country is facing. If people’s views didn’t change over time we would still have segregated schools and women wouldn’t be allowed to vote.
The flip-flops evident in this week's quotes from Dubya and Ridge are from the last few weeks. And does it matter if you’re consistent 100% of the time if you are consistently wrong because you favor big business interests and hurt the common working American?
Enjoy this week’s Volume and don’t believe the rhetoric coming from the RNC this week.
Dubya Fun Fact #11
Dubya Fun Fact #12
Richard Clarke (Dubya’s Chief Anti-Terrorism Advisor) and Paul O'Neill (Dubya’s US Treasury Secretary) both testified that Bush was intent on invading Iraq within the first few days of his presidency. Clarke claims that Bush ignored his warnings about an imminent al-Qaeda attack. On 9/12/01, Bush instructed his staff to find a connection between al Qaeda and Iraq, and despite no connection ever being discovered (and against the CIA's recommendation), he still chose to invade Iraq. Note: This has been confirmed by The 9/11 Commission Report that was recently released.
Kerry Fun Fact #9
The claim from Dubya and Republicans alike is that Kerry would only utilize the United States’ military after obtaining consent from the United Nations. This is a complete lie. John Kerry has made it completely clear that he will not hesitate to use military force to go after terrorists. The difference between Dubya and Kerry is that Kerry will actually utilize diplomacy to the fullest extent. He won’t invade a sovereign nation, putting our troops at risk, unless it is necessary due to a clear imminent threat (which by the way was not the case in Iraq).
Here is a comparison of Dubya and Kerry regarding national security
Kerry Fun Fact #10
John Kerry did not vote against the $87 billion to fund the Iraq war because he doesn’t support our troops. He voted against it to send a message to Dubya & Co. that they couldn’t have a blank check to use as they please. In the bill, there was over $10 billion of money unallocated. Meaning it would be for the war but at the discretion of Dubya & friends. This eventually led to some of the money provided by the bill going to companies like Halliburton whom have been overcharging the US government millions of dollars for the “services” they are providing in Iraq.
Dubya Quote of the Week
Two days later…
"We meet today at a time of war for our country; a war we did not start, yet one that we will win." George W. Bush speaking to Veterans, 8/30/04
Over the course of a few days Dubya went from “winning the war” to fighting a war that can’t be won back to “winning the war.” And the Republicans have the nerve to spend the majority of their hateful convention bashing John Kerry for being a “flip-flop.” Here is article discussing Dubya’s words.
Other Quote of the Week
"We don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security. Our job is to identify the threat." Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, 8/3/04
Here is an article that has the quote in it.
Two days earlier…
“But we must understand that the kind of information available to us today is the result of the President’s leadership in the war against terror.” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, 8/1/04
Here is an article that has the quote in it.
Maybe it’s just me being a liberal…but that second quote from Ridge sure sounds a hell of a lot like a plug for the president…but wait!…the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t do politics! Whatever.
Haikus of the Week
Speak against the war
You kind of suck, dude.
Media (books, CDs, etc.)
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