Well, thank God Bush didn?t make any more truthful faces during the second debate and instead played nice guy for the swing vote sheeple who need that from their wartime President. And thank Heaven this time he didn?t wear the burdens of office?he had spent 12 hours prior to the first debate surveying hurricane damage and meeting with FEMA and Florida disaster relief officials.
Yes, the sensitive ones among us must see again and again that Bush does have a stranglehold on the issues and he can come off like Dave Coulier. President Bush accomplished this task Friday evening by being articulate, warm and assertive, and systematically revealing once again his opponent?s haggard, prevaricating, without-a-real-plan senatorial pose.
Speaking of senatorial posing ? what a butt kicking Cheney gave Edwards! V.P. Dick Cheney made John Edwards look like a lightweight praise-a-thon host for TBN.
I don?t particularly care for Johnny?s politics but, man, was I feeling sorry for him as our Vice President lowered his crosshairs on Edwards? and Kerry?s defenseless senatorial careers and their Bruce Springsteen-like solutions for Iraq. Cheney cleaned his clock. Yes, Mr. Gravitas looked at Edwards with a combination of pity and incredulity. Now proof that Vice President Cheney was so untaken by Edwards is afforded to the public: Cheney?s debate notes were salvaged from a Case Western Reserve dumpster. Click here to check them out!!!
Yes, tough Bush and Cheney came off as chummy and believable. Frankly, I couldn?t care less if you or I like their personalities or their TV friendliness. Aren?t we looking for a guy whose singular ambition is to wake up every morning and pursue the goal of killing terrorists (on their turf, not ours) who want to kill us?
The death-hell-and-the-grave terrorist deep weeds in which we?re currently embroiled is no game. We have jihadic death jockeys who want to kill us ? people with whom there is no bargaining. None. Yes, while John Kerry enjoys botox, spray-on tans and manicures, Osama bin Laden, Zarqawi, Al Sadr and their ilk are talking about multiple nuclear attacks in our comfortable cul-de-sacs.
And they?re just a little more determined than some caricature of an immoral, lazy, stupid, fat American. Matter of fact, according to terrorist experts, there is a high probability that they already have nukes with our names on them in our neighborhoods. What would it mean for a nuclear suitcase bomb to go off in one of our cities? One terrorism expert, Paul Williams, has a pretty clear idea.
Imagine this ?
Paul Williams writes in his book Osama?s Revenge,
[A] nuclear explosion is much more than a simple bomb blast. It consists of four deadly components: an air pressure shock wave, both thermal and nuclear radiation, and radioactive fallout. The effects of such a disaster in a city such as New York, Los Angeles, or D.C. would be cataclysmic. The air pressure wave from [one] suitcase bomb would destroy everything in its path, even heavily reinforced steel-and-concrete buildings.
Such an explosion would also emit intense thermal radiation, creating a fireball with a diameter that would expand to 460 feet. The core fireball would reach a maximum temperature of 10 million degrees Celsius. The enormity of this heat can only be realized when one notes that the heat within the World Trade Center towers never exceeded 5,000 degrees Celsius. Metallic objects within 450 feet of ground zero would vaporize. 1,400 feet from the blast, rubber and plastic objects would ignite and melt, and wooden structures would erupt into flames.
The bomb would expend 35 percent of its energy in the form of radiated heat. An additional 50 percent would be absorbed into the atmosphere to become a juggernaut blast -- a wave ripping through the city at 670 miles per hour. The buildings that survived the melting heat would be twisted like pretzels by the force of the incredible wind. No one within 740 feet of the blast could hope to survive; within minutes everything within three square miles would be destroyed. Over 300 thousand people would die instantly. Half a million or more would suffer severe burns and permanent blindness. Two to three hundred thousand people would be killed or injured by the deadly hail of debris and shattered glass.
The survivors of the initial blast would be exposed to intense bursts of ionizing radiation that would devastate their immune system. Those exposed would die in a matter of days. Then comes the fallout ? the contaminants ? which would then expose those in the area to deadly radiation poisoning, with 50 percent dying in the subsequent weeks and months. If this happened in a place like New York City, it would be an uninhabitable wasteland for hundreds of years. Then comes the other stuff such as the end of our culture, the crippling of our economy, the loss of millions of jobs, and an unprecedented health care crisis. Within days, Americans and much of the world would be tossed into a depression from which it would take hundreds of years to recover.
This description of the potential apocalyptic effects of a nuclear bomb going off in one of our major cities is not the hokey ravings of a doom and gloom prophet but a real description of a real threat which we really face from Muslim terrorists. OBL and his apprentices will, as he has proven, attempt to slay us with anything he can get his hands on and according to intelligence sources, he has his hands on anywhere from a half a dozen to three dozen of these compact nuclear death dealers and they are earmarked for us.
I fear that we don?t really ?get? the level of historic malevolence these Quran-fueled terrorists have for us. Which makes it extremely ridiculous, as far as I?m concerned, that we are currently concerned about whether or not Bush can act like Howdy Doody during a debate for a television-brain-dead audience.
My ClashPoint is this: Seeing that Bush has proven in this second debate that he can refrain from grimacing when he hears UN-imbecility from Kerry, and seeing that his Dr. Jekyll has, hopefully, assuaged the thin-skinned among us, let?s get down to business, re-elect President Bush and get Mr. Hyde back to the task of taking out terrorists and destroying their nuclear dreams wherever and whenever they are found. Ridding our planet of the terrorist rodents is going to be the main issue on the ticket for the next 25 presidents, that is, if we?d like to continue living business as usual. And Bush/Cheney grasps this.
Look, I don?t have a W tattooed on my backside. I am a Bush fan but not a fanatic. Honestly, I wish he would make our nation more difficult to get into than some night clubs on South Beach, but he does have what Kerry lacks: he hates the damnable terrorists, is intent on eradicating them and determined to establish liberty where there has been none, whatsoever.