Thursday, September 02, 2004

With A Little Help From Our Friends

With all their attacks as opposed to discussing the issues, the Republicans did give one issue which we could use against them--our relationship with other countries.

Once we clarify that Kerry does not plan to "ask permission" of France, Germany, or the UN to defend us, as they falsely claimed, there remains a real issue here. It should be easy to convince people in the middle that we can more effectively fight the war on terrorism with allies at our side.

American defends itself when needed--but has always done so with allies when needed. France supported us in the American Revolution. Democratic Presidents won two world wars in the 20th century with allies. Our allies in NATO helped win the cold war. It will also be easier to beat terrorists if we don't try to do it alone.

We would have also been better off in Iraq if we had allies fighting with us. Even Bush's father understood that. While I doubt we would have been in Iraq if Kerry was President, imagine if it had still come to war. Under Bush, we quickly went thru areas, defeated the Iraqi army, and moved on. We now face the consequences of this as this allowed for anti-American forces to become established.
We would have been much better off if we had German or French peace keeper troops to stabilize these areas.

If we are to win the war on terrorism, a goal which Bush has flip flopped on recently, our chances are much greater with assistance from other nations. History has taught the lesson of what happens to empires which become over-extended. Of course, we know that George Bush does not read history (or much of anything else more complicated than My Pet Goat).

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a retired techer who for many many years taught speach communication. Will someone please tell Senator Kerry and his speach writers that every time Senator Kerry refers to George Bush as "PRESIDENT" he automatically elevates Bush to a higher and more admired level than himself in the conscience of his listeners. PLEASE start regerring to HIM as George Bush, Not the president!!!!!
Lee Miller

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a retired techer who for many many years taught speach communication. Will someone please tell Senator Kerry and his speach writers that every time Senator Kerry refers to George Bush as "PRESIDENT" he automatically elevates Bush to a higher and more admired level than himself in the conscience of his listeners. PLEASE start regerring to HIM as George Bush, Not the president!!!!!
Lee Miller

Ps. Does any one know how to get in touch with the Kerry Campaign Speach writers? I feel this is a very very important mistake and should be brought to the attention of someone who can make a change.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to Mr. Lee Miller's comment that Senator Kerry should not say "President" when referring to President Bush, he is mistaken!!! "President" is Mr. Bush's title, regardeless of whether Lee Miller thinks that he is being regarded too highly. John Kerry is, in fact, correct in the manner in which he addresses our GREAT leader. Just as a doctor or professor should be addressed by their proper title, how much more so should the President of the United States of America???????

8:33 AM  
Blogger Weekapaug said...

Who says we are going at this alone? France and Germany do not the world make. In the war we have support from:

United Kingdom
Portugal
Denmark
Norway
Netherlands
Iceland
Italy
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Czech Republic
Slovakia
Hungary
Albania
Macedonia
Romania
Bulgaria
Turkey
Croatia
Slovenia
Ukraine
Moldova
Japan
South Korea
Singapore
Philippines
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Solomon Islands
Mongolia
Palau
Tonga
Thailand
El Salvador
Colombia
Nicaragua
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Australia
New Zealand
Kuwait
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Uganda
Rwanda
Angola

The majority of these countires have troops in Iraq. We are not alone by any stretch of the imagination.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Other countries are in Iraq, but the vast majority of troops are from the United States. The vast amount of money will come from tax payers in the Unites States. The vast majority of casualties (besides Iraqi) are from the United States.

This is not time to brag about token involvement form other countries.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not a surprise that the United States is bearing most of the burden in Iraq. We are the world's military superpower; we do not need military help from other nations to fight our wars. Their moral and ideological support is much more useful. And we have the support of over 30 allies! It is shameful that Senator Kerry thinks of our allies as the "bribed and coerced." He is undermining the war effort for purely political reasons.

5:07 PM  

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