Osama who? Or, what bush didn’t talk about last night

Funny. The most pressing issues of our time, and they never came up once in the speech that Sullivan astonishingly praises as “superb.” (At least Sully then goes on to say that it’s official — he cannot and will not vote for bush. I have to say, it takes courage; he has made himself a pariah on the left and the right, a very lonely place to be.)

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North Korea is a storm over nothing, its all saber rattling and there never was any realistic hope of capturing Osama bin Laden dead or alive, or even of everybody believing it if he was captured or killed.

These aren’t election issues or even important issues, it is right to ignore them during the election, you can’t rate a president by situations that are out of his control and have no chance of ever being in his control, Kerry, or Clinton for that matter would have been tied by the same resource and institutional issues as Bush for much of these two areas.

Osama built up his network before Bush came to power and North Korea is doing exactly what it has been doing for fifty years.

September 4, 2004 @ 4:21 am | Comment

The one thing the RNC focused on was bush’s handling of 911. Speaker after speaker glorified him for it. 911 was the work of OBL, and he is still at large and his group is more widespread and energized than ever before. bush made a promise that he’d get Osama “dead or alive.” He made it our No. 1 goal. To talk about him 24/7 for two years and then quietly move him off the agenda as though he never existed was strange. What happened to the big promise? Don’t we at least deserve an update, or should we just forget about him? It’s just another example of bush using tough talk and sweeping statements that make him look strong and focused, when in reality it’s all show, and the threat remains.

Also memory loss on Iraq — lots of BS about how we’re all safer now that a weak old man with no weapons is in jail (at a cost beyond all comprehension), but not a word about the current crisis,the civil war, Abu Ghraib. Just ringing assurances that freedom is blossoming, the usual empty platitudes.

September 4, 2004 @ 6:00 pm | Comment

If Bush hadn’t talked about catching Osama Bin Laden a lot after 911, everybody would have said that he was weak, I think that any president would have said the same things.

There never was any real hope of gettin ghim though, but saying that you would helped America to rally after such a big kick in the balls.

Give the people hope and make them angry, and you will rally a nation.

As for Iraq, I agree with you strongly, Iraq never was a credible threat, it was just a thorn in the administrations side. Iraq defied the US and it had oil. After 911 Bush couldn’t have anybody defying him and he had to secure Iraq’s oil because of a growing demand to reduce America’s dependancy on unstable imports.

September 4, 2004 @ 10:11 pm | Comment

I think everybody agrees, by now, that the war on Iraq is a bloody stupid thing to have done.

The question is: well, now that we already have guys over there, now what?

Bush doesn’t know, obviously. But it seems Kerry doesn’t know either.

September 7, 2004 @ 1:55 am | Comment

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