Friday, October 08, 2004

"Anything you can do I can do better"

"Anything you can do I can do better." This is the essence of the Kerry campaign. He is running as the NotBush. During the first presidential debate, Kerry He used variations on the phrase "I can do better/We can do better" fifteen times over the course of the debate. Here's one of the more laughable instances (transcript here):

KERRY: Thirty-five to forty countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons at the moment the president invaded than Saddam Hussein. And while he's been diverted, with 9 out of 10 active duty divisions of our Army, either going to Iraq, coming back from Iraq, or getting ready to go, North Korea's gotten nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Iran is moving toward nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Darfur has a genocide.
KERRY: The world is more dangerous. I'd have made a better choice.

Now, disregarding the fact that the overwhelming majority of these countries in question at the beginning are probably US allies, or at least not actively hostile to the US, Kerry presents no actual position. His position is "I can do better." So, Senator Kerry, I have a question for you:

Since you see North Korea, Iran, and Sudan as better uses for our troops, which of these countries specifically would have been the "better choice" to intervene in? If none of them, how is you allowing the world to become more dangerous a better choice? If you had chosen North Korea, and President Bush had cited Iraq, Iran and Sudan as proof that you were making the world more dangerous, would that criticism be fair?

The police cannot stop every crime. Does this mean that if they arrest one criminal and the crime rate goes up, they were wrong to try? No. In the same manner, just because President Bush chose to remove one threat to our safety does not mean that the other threats that continue to exist are somehow his fault.


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