Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Well, I read it again..
When the best way to silence all criticism is to start a war
Somehow it still looks the same to me
To speak of self-destruction in college and the National Guard, well, you must be way more enlightened or informed than I am. I have not heard of the self-destructive tendencies in either place you refer to. Is that comment based on fact or personal interpretation? It reads as if it is being stated as fact. Which facts support self-destruction then, in either place?
As far as Denise' comment, it is not the disagreeing that is the issue, I feel it is the type of disagreeing that is the point. When a side sinks to name-calling, referring the other as a criminal, being abusive and vulgar and this is between members of the Congress, it certainly is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. When you have things said, carried by major news agencies, like..
Iraq is George Bush's VietNam. "This is the pattern and the record of the Bush administration [on] Iraq, jobs, Medicare, schools, issue after issue -- mislead, deceive, make up the needed facts, smear the character of any critics," he said. "Again and again, we see this cynical, despicable strategy playing out."
....which prompted this (accurate) rebuke from Senate Majority Whip Mc Connell..
McConnell said Kennedy's remarks would be seen in Baghdad, "where those who are fighting Americans on the street can view them."
"The only one responsible for the attack on America is al Qaeda," McConnell said. "We need to focus on rooting out global terrorism by fighting the terrorists, not each other."
Was he wrong? I don't think so. Disagreement has always been a vital part of America, a good, democratic part, but mudslinging for political purposes in public over a topic where soldiers are fighting and dying is despicable. Can you honestly say you don't feel that the terrorist members don't smile with glee to see this? You don't feel that it encourages more volunteers to sign up for them but seeing this fragmented front? Let them get behind closed doors and duke it out if they want but in public it needs to be civil and show a unified country. Who is doing the slinging? Have ytou heard Bush doing any of it? He's gotten bombarded with insults by every Democrat in the Senate....have you heard him rebuke anyone in an offensive manner. Even Clinton received gratuitous comments and applause from the man. Bush has acted with a good degree of civility and dignity while Kennedy, Dashel, Boxer, Gebhardt and others have acted like dogs with rabies. If they want to potshot about the Texas death penalty, or insinuations about Bush and Enron or National Guard service (as others have done) well, that's politics but they go over the line with the comments they make about Iraq and the war on terror...they are indeed helping the terrorist cause.
Speaking of the National Guard, Kerry was asked in '92 how he felt, as a Viet Nam veteran, supporting a person like Clinton for president and his comment was, "I feel the office of the President of the United States is too important to be judged by a person's military record."
Ya gotta laugh...