Vice President Dick Cheney should be applauded, not castigated, for his straight talk that the United States will be safer under a Bush administration than a Kerry administration.
At a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, Cheney pulled out the stops, threw caution to the wind, defied the precepts of girly-man beltway decorum, and blasphemed the gods of political correctness when he dared to suggest that America would be more vulnerable to terrorist attacks under Kerry-Edwards than Bush-Cheney.
First, let's look at the context of his remarks. Cheney said at the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, that in addition to setting up the Department of Defense, the CIA and NATO, we "undertook a bunch of major policy steps" that would be in place for the next 40 years. These steps, which were critical to our ultimate success in the Cold War, enjoyed great bipartisan support.
Cheney's point was that because the nation was sufficiently united against the threat of Communism we were able to implement long-term policies for the best interests of the nation. Had the parties been at each other's throats to the extent they are today, putting partisan interests ahead of the national interest, we might have been unable to take the necessary actions against our common enemy.
Almost since the day many of them voted for the resolution authorizing the president to attack Iraq, the Democrats have been obstructing and hurling nonstop invective at President Bush. Couldn't these people, just once, have put partisanship aside and applauded our progress in Iraq? Couldn't they have celebrated the ouster of the brutal dictator? Couldn't they have rooted for our troops to be greeted as liberators instead of lying in wait like panting dogs to gleefully pronounce that the Iraqi people didn't want us there? Couldn't they have shrieked with horror along with us at Saddam's mass graves? Couldn't they have quit playing politics at least long enough to give the world the impression we had a united front here in the United States?
Indeed, it's surreal that Mr. Kerry and his party have the temerity to lament the disintegration of the national unity we enjoyed after the 9-11 attacks, when they've done nothing but rip away at the fabric of any spirit of harmony since that date.