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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:57 AM
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Kerry was right - Part So-Many-That-I've-Lost-Track
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 10:57 AM by whometense
The Carpetbagger points out where credit is due.

Thank goodness for 'intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operations'
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I had hoped to avoid discussing today's announcement about the thwarted terrorist plot in any kind of political context, but after seeing one too many far-right voices connect the plot with Ned Lamont's campaign, I'm afraid I can't help myself.

Will Bunch had the exact same reaction I did in response to today's news.

Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Most of the big victories in "the war on terror" have been racked up by cops, not by soldiers. Why, it's almost as if terrorism is a law-enforcement problem and less of a threat when it's handled well in that fashion.

Bingo. After reading more this morning about how British officials used an effective, "months-long investigation" that relied on meticulous intelligence-gathering and an efficient law enforcement operation, I kept thinking back to the 2004 presidential campaign and one of the president's favorite stump-speech moments.

To be sure, Bush bashed John Kerry relentlessly in his standard speech, but the president had an inordinate fondness for the derisive use of the phrase "law enforcement operation." Bush, for example, told a Florida audience on March 20:

"Kerry said, and I quote, 'The war on terror is far less of a military operation and far more of an intelligence-gathering law enforcement operation.' (Audience boos.) I disagree. I disagree.. After the chaos and carnage of September the 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. With those attacks, the terrorists and supporters declared war on the United States of America and war is what they got. (Audience applauds.)

Bush, pleased with himself and the reaction, used almost the identical words again and again and again. Cheney used it a few times himself.

It was pretty easy to see the image Bush wanted the public to imagine. Bush believes in sending the most powerful military in the world to battle terrorists, Kerry was satisfied fighting al Queda with cops and lawyers.

Today, however, helps highlight exactly what Kerry was talking about, and what Bush derided as nonsense to considerable Republican applause.

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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:59 AM
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1. On a related note,
Stephanie Miller gave credit this morning to Kerry for being absolutely right about Osama bin Laden and Tora Bora - and for being the first person to call Bush on the way he let OBL get away.
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Democrafty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:50 PM
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3. Oh, good.
After yesterday, all this is heartening.
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Blaukraut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:38 AM
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2. Of course he was right - again
It might be almost amusing if it weren't so frustrating to witness time and again the Bush decisions going to shit and remembering Kerry advocating a different, more successful path.
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:40 PM
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4. I feel it is time to call out Bush's errors and failures and point out
that the most effective and successful course of action has been the recommendations Kerry made and not the use of the US's military guns and bombs.
I don't think I can stand one more incident where the Repubs try to use an incident to invoke fear and for their own personal gains. This crap has got to come to an end.
Are we any safer- hell no!
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:03 PM
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5. I completely agree!
One of the things that makes me angry is the cynical response to terrorism caused by the Repubs' fear mongering. I'm sick of it.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:35 PM
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6. Ed Schultz did that today.
I was shocked and impressed. Ed noted that Sen Kerry saw this as a law enforcement issue years ago, and that he was correct.
Ed's not Einstein, but every once in a while, he has an 'aha' moment.
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:28 PM
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7. Thanks for bringing this good news to us. A positive development on
the Schultz front.
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