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War [Friday, Jul. 30, 2004, 10:29 pm]

The topic of politics is getting hard to avoid lately, I've been noticing

So one thing I'll say is, I love George W. Bush & all, but I really think he could have picked a better running mate. I just don't like Dick Cheney. In fact, I don't think I ever have, even 4 years ago I didn't like him for some reason. Now I have more reason not to.

And to close out my political talk of the day, how about dissecting some John Kerry quotes from the Democratic national convention?

"We're the optimists. We value an America where the middle class is not being squeezed, but doing better."

And um, what exactly would John Kerry know about the American middle class? What would he know about the American "lower class", for that matter? I wouldn't believe every single campaign promise the guy makes. He's a rich politician, after all.

"The United States of America never goes to war because we want to. We only go to war because we have to."

Now this one I actually agree with. War is not a fun thing. Nobody wants to send their children to the battlefield. But at the same time, war is an integral part of human history. And as much as we love peace, there are times when war is necessary.

I think World War 2 is as good an illustration as any. Hitler was trying to exterminate the Jewish race. He killed millions of them. Innocent people who had never done anything against him. He used human beings in scientific experiments.

We went to war against Hitler, and everything he stood for, even though he never attacked America. ("We" being the Allied nations). Many of us died, but Hitler died too. War is never good - sometimes it's simply the lesser of two evils, as it was then.

Saddam Hussein was doing a similar thing - killing innocent people. There's no way to tell how many he killed yet, because we're still living in the aftermath of his regime. Many Ameircans died during the liberation of Iraq, but Saddam is no longer in power. Now children in Iraq can have a future, and some hope. At least their country won't be ruled by a tyrant anymore. Isn't that the least that they deserve?

Lincoln freed the American slaves (which cost over 500,000 American lives), and people hated him for it. Bush helped to free the Iraqi people (which has cost about 900 American lives), and people hate him for it too. But really, are Americans any more valuable as people than Iraqis? Not by my book. I'd say Bush has done an incredibly efficient job of it, in comparison with history.

See, John Kerry was right about something. I'll at least give him that much. I'm sure he didn't mean it the way I did.. And I really didn't intend this to turn into a full-fledged ramble. Sorry, and goodnight.


And one more related thing here (it's an e-mail forward thingie):

Some claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. Others say that he is hungry for blood, money, or power. One liberal recently claimed Bush

was the worst president in US history.

To clear up one point: President Bush didn't start the war on Terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists BEFORE 9/11.

Here's a look at several "worst" (not to say these are truly 'bad') president and mismanagement claims.

Franklin D. Roosevelt led us into World War 2.
Germany never attacked us; Japan did. From 1941-1945.....450,000 lives were average of 112,500 per year.

Under the Presidency of Truman, we finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953.......55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,533 per year.

Under the Presidency of John F. Kennedy, we began the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1976......58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.

Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us.
He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. [Thanks very much, Bill! Dump it all on Bush, why don't you!]
Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.
Over 2,900 lives lost on September 11th.

In the two years since Terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two counties, crushed the Taliban, crippled Al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, captured a terrorist who slaughtered at least 300,000 of his own people. We have lost 900 soldiers, an average of 450 a year. Bush did this all abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home.

Worst President in History? Come on ...

There is lots of complaining about how long this war is taking, but,

It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51 day operation.

We been looking for chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.


[In conclusion: come on people, don't just be opposed to the war because your favorite celebrities are. Most of them don't have much more than a high school diploma anyway, and they aren't briefed on the war hour by hour like our Commander in Chief is. More info on that here]

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