Thursday, October 07, 2004

Keeping Score

I'd like to sort through some of the positions related to the candidates and give them a relative weight as I see it:

Iraq Survey Group declares no WMD in Iraq
This is one of the most overblown issues in the news. Yes, it appears that President Bush and Colin Powell appear to have been mistaken on this issue. So was the CIA and MI5 and many critics of the millitary approach. The overall Bush position that we could not take the chance that the WMD was there is still valid.

Paul Bremer say US forces in Iraq insufficient
This one hurts. I can't imagine any possible refutation for the Bush appointed Czar of Iraq stating that he asked for more forces and was denied. Ouch!

Kerry said "Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time" but now says finishing the job is vital.
Though I disagree with Kerry's exclamation, it's internal logic holds. You can object to an action and then feel the vital need to finish it once it has begun.

Kerry's attachment to comming to a concensus with our "allies" prior to pre-emptive millitary action.
This is probably the scariest thing that I have heard so far from either candidate. As far as I am concerned, this is what disqualifies Kerry as a candidate to be our next president. We are approaching what is probably the most vital crossroads of our lifetimes. If we do not bear down heavily and unilaterally on Iran at this point in time, nuclear terrorism will move from the realm of theory to reality. Who really trusts the Europeans, who stood by for Bosnia in their own continent to work with us to keep the bomb out of the Mulllah's hands? It's a chance that I am simply not willing to take. On this issue, I go with the cowboy over the intellectual.


Blogger Middle East, PHD said...

Excellent points! Let's not forget that Kerry also voted AGAINST the first Gulf War in 1991. Had Kerry been the President during WWII, we would all be either dead or speaking German right now. Anyone who truly understands the seriousness of the threat out there; and truly understands that this is a GLOBAL war that we did not begin; and truly understands that the UN and many of our so-called allies (France, Germany, Russia, etc.) are wimps and hypocrits, knows that Kerry SHOULD NEVER BE ELECTED.

October 7, 2004 at 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...§ion=0&article=52658&d=10&m=10&y=2004

The World Vote for Bush
Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi,

A British friend asked me: Who is your favorite candidate in the US presidential race?

For an Arab, both parties are hopelessly Israeli captives. Kerry might be more inclined to seek multilateral if imperfect solutions. On the other hand, he is either too naïve or a greater appeaser of Israel at the expense of America’s best interests with Saudi Arabia.

All American presidents, since Franklin Roosevelt, valued the strategic partnership with the Muslim-world leader and the world’s largest oil producer and reservist. They appreciated their alliance with the Kingdom during World War II, the Cold War, and the war on terror. Kerry seems to miss the point in his rhetoric.

Now, who is best to lead his nation and the world for the next four years? My guess is Kerry, but that won’t be the best for the world in the long run. At least now we know what the American foreign policies are about. We are no longer fooled by the pretty face of Clinton and the fine rhetoric of Reagan. US imperial ambitions and schemes, hidden and advanced slower but surer by wiser leaders, are now exposed by this impatient, ignorant and arrogant administration. Thanks to Bush and Zionist company, the world today, peoples and governments, is uniting in their apprehension, understanding and resistance of the American hegemony.

Four more years of bullying will harden the formulation of anti-American imperialism enough to resist future schemes, no matter how sophisticated and smart.

The future will be much safer and happier with stronger checks and balances on US power and designs. United, larger and stronger Europe, coordinated Asia, wiser Muslims, emerging Russia and forthcoming China won’t be as easily fooled and led.

Bush will help bring about this new world, and the world will thank him for it ...later.

So, as a world citizen, G.W. Bush is my candidate. If I were American, though, I would definitely vote for Kerry. He is good news for the economy, civil liberties, US global image and interests, world peace and ...home security. It might not be too late to pursue US imperial designs via the WTO, UN, NATO, and the various regional and international treaties formulated to serve US interests and affirm its leadership.

In four more years, we will get out of the Iraqi and Afghani quagmires, appease our detractors, improve US standing with our allies, force the Arabs into worse deal than they were offered four years ago and pacify the Middle East.

This way, the next president will find it much easier to lead the world into the New American Century — good news for Americans, bad news for the rest of us.

October 9, 2004 at 5:17 PM  

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