Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Democrats finally get a backbone, but the wrong kind

My how the tables have turned. After Bush showed a surprising amount of restraint over North Korea, the Democrats have now become the warmongers, criticizing Bush, though John Kerry, as a "shocking failure." Kerry went on to say, "While we've been bogged down in Iraq where there were no weapons of mass destruction, a madman has apparently tested the ultimate weapon of mass destruction." It seems that Kerry wants us to get even further 'bogged down' in another international mess. 

While I rarely ever agree with Republicans, this one might actually be right: "Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, accused Democrats of playing partisan politics with a nuclear weapons threat."

There must be something in the water in DC. While "some Republicans issued more carefully worded statements or refrained from attacking Democrats altogether," here's the crap that Dems are pulling:
"The Bush administration has for several years been in a state of denial about the growing challenge of North Korea, and has too often tried to downplay the issue or change the subject," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"We had the opportunity to stop North Korea from increasing its nuclear power, but George Bush went to sleep at the switch while he pursued his narrow agenda in Iraq," added Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat in a tough campaign in New Jersey.

This just goes to show that they're all alike in one thing--they all love war. Or at least this is what the AP seems to be saying. Whether these Democrats actually have policies that argue for legitimate diplomacy I don't know. The article only had quotes that seem to urge war. This same story had an interesting paragraph that seems to go beyond mere reportage:
Seizing on North Korea's actions to argue Republicans are stronger on security than Democrats is riddled with pitfalls and leaves the GOP's standard-bearer--Bush--as well as his rank-and-file vulnerable to criticism.
Either way, the Democrats found their backbone too little and too late. This does not endear me to vote for them etherespeciallyly Kerry, whom the article calls "a potential 2008 candidate." Really, that's just what this country needs: a veteran who can't remember if he's pro- or anti-war. I live in a red state; I'm not going to throw away my symbolic anti-Republican vote on the Democrats again unless something changes radically, and fast. 

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