Briefs from the Kerry campaign as it seemingly heads for the exits. . .
What was Vice President Cheney saying? For months he and President Bush have been insisting the nation is safer under the Bush presidency, which embraces pre-emption against declared enemies, than it would be under a Kerry presidency. In Des Moines Sept. 7, Cheney was unscripted and spontaneous:
It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today . . . we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the point of view of the United States, and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mindset . . . that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts, and that we're not really at war.
Is it lunacy to suggest a vote for Kerry is a vote for more terrorist strikes? The Washington Post's Bob Woodward has put it another way: "The missing piece (is) how would Kerry respond" in the terror war? Yet Kerry running mate John Edwards termed Cheney's remark "un-American." Al Gore termed it "sleazy and despicable." Kerry adviser and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright termed it verging on the McCarthyite. Such comments may do nothing so much as lend credence to what Cheney said.
This from a Democratic Convention story in the New York Times-owned Boston Globe: "At a meeting of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Caucus at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, (Teresa) Heinz Kerry told the group: 'You can call me Mama T anytime.' As the crowd cheered, she said: 'At least, if nothing else, you will have a mom in the White House that will love you.'"
Here's Kerry in an MTV interview on how he would romance reluctant U.S. allies:
Your exit strategy for Iraq is based on the idea that if you're elected, you'll be able to bring all of our traditional allies back to the table to help our cause. But what if they say no to you?
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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