Peter Robinson, at National Review Online, on John Kerry:
Woe be unto us if we elect a president for whom the central intellectual and emotional fact is a war that we lost three decades ago.
A Newsweek poll says Kerry will kick Bush’s ass if Kerry wins the Dem nomination. Wishful thinking? Or is government provided health care, a whopping tax increase, a French veto over U.S. security measures, just what the doctor ordered? No, really, I’m not asking this as a partisan. You really think we’ll be safer and more prosperous by putting the government in charge of your health care, sending more foreign aid to the Islamists, withdrawing troops from the middle east, and consulting the French on when and how we can defend ourselves and check people at the airport?
So some middle eastern looking chap was recce-ing a chemical plant with a camera, an shot a guard. Big deal. I’m sure it has nothing to do with terrorism. Islam means peace, after all. Better call Jacques Chirac, and find out whether we can hire an extra guard for that plant.
Once again, and as always, the Islam Question remains: Do we have a duty to extend democratic rights and to remain tolerant of people whose stated intention upon gaining a ruling majority is to slaughter us stupid, tolerant fans of democracy?
Andrew Olmstead argues that when it comes to the Bush-AWOL allegations, less is more. In other words, the less you know, the more plausible it seems. Reserve officer Olmstead examines the facts, and says it’s more likely Bush was dropped from the roles; either way, there’s a lot of paperwork that’s missing. Regardless, not showing up for drill isn’t desertion, and it isn’t AWOL; it’s just grounds for being dropped from the roles of the reserves. Not a good thing, but not exactly the high-treason-deserting-your-unit-under-fire incident that Michael “have you seen my feet lately?” Moore said, and Wes “Almost Started WW III” Clark apparently agreed with.