On Terrorism: What If Bush Is Right & Ted Kennedy Is Wrong?

Here’s an excerpt from a column in Esquire, “The Case for George W. Bush,” which was written by Tom Junod who comes across at least as someone who leans to the left & doesn’t like W very much, but just can’t help asking the obvious question, “What if he’s right and we’re wrong”…

“Still, I have to admit to feeling a little uncertain of my disdain for this president when forced to contemplate the principle that might animate his determination to stay the course in a war that very well may be the end of him politically. I have to admit that when I listen to him speak, with his unbending certainty, I sometimes hear an echo of the same nagging question I ask myself after I hear a preacher declaim the agonies of hellfire or an insurance agent enumerate the cold odds of the actuarial tables. Namely: What if he’s right?

As easy as it is to say that we can’t abide the president because of the gulf between what he espouses and what he actually does, what haunts me is the possibility that we can’t abide him because of us—because of the gulf between his will and our willingness. What haunts me is the possibility that we have become so accustomed to ambiguity and inaction in the face of evil that we find his call for decisive action an insult to our sense of nuance and proportion.

The people who dislike George W. Bush have convinced themselves that opposition to his presidency is the most compelling moral issue of the day. Well, it’s not. The most compelling moral issue of the day is exactly what he says it is, when he’s not saying it’s gay marriage. The reason he will be difficult to unseat in November—no matter what his approval ratings are in the summer—is that his opponents operate out of the moral certainty that he is the bad guy and needs to be replaced, while he operates out of the moral certainty that terrorists are the bad guys and need to be defeated. The first will always sound merely convenient when compared with the second. Worse, the gulf between the two kinds of certainty lends credence to the conservative notion that liberals have settled for the conviction that Bush is distasteful as a substitute for conviction—because it’s easier than conviction.”

Bingo! In a time of war, the right believes we should be going after terrorists who want to repeat 9/11 over and over while liberals give a little lip service to fighting terrorism when they’re trying to appeal to independents, but overwhelmingly echo Ted Kennedy’s position on the subject. In other words, they believe that, “the only thing we have to fear is four more years of George Bush.”

For instance, just look at the results of a New York Times/CBS News poll of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention,

More than nine out of 10 delegates — 93 percent — said the war to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime “was not worth the loss of life and other costs,” according to the New York Times/CBS News poll.

…About 77 percent of the delegates said they were more worried that counterterrorism laws would restrict civil liberties. But a much smaller 53 percent of Democrats hold that view and 43 percent of all voters agree.

…Notably, few delegates here — barely one in six — see the Iraq war and terrorism as one of the most important issues in this election. Instead, more than half see the economy and jobs as the chief issues, compared with one-third of all voters who hold this view.”

Democrats like Ted Kennedy, Michael Moore, John Kerry, Jimmy Carter, Howard Dean, & the overwhelming majority of the DNC delegates are not people who are serious about stopping another 9/11.

George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and the rest of the Bush administration on the other hand, have shown by their actions since 9/11 that they’re determined to “bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies”. That’s why anybody who believes it’s vital to do whatever it takes to go after the terrorists who have literally said they want to kill 4 million Americans is going to be voting Republican this year…

Hat tip to Stephen Green for finding this column.

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