Thursday, September 23, 2004

Aaaah! So much stuff to blog about today I don't even know where to begin. I guess the first thing I should talk about is the:

Desparation of the Democrats
These guys are know that their campaign is coming apart at the seems and they are pulling out all the stops. They have finally adopted an extreme leftist stance and it looks as though they are set to stay there for the duration. This will may help them shore up their moonbat voting base. But on the other hand it will NOT help him inspire confidence in women. Meanwhile in addition to threatening to bring back the draft as I mentioned yesterday. Democrats are trying to rig the vote in Michiganand Ohio. And here's the best one of all: is accusing Bush of causing the hurricanes!! I'm not making this up! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of Rush's page and hit some of the links, like this one. Their backs are against the wall and they know it.

Allawi's Speech
Today Ayad Allawi gave a speech today before a joint session of congress. Read the whole thing here, it is a truly wonderful and inspiring speech. I always advocate taking advantage of the wonderful tool that is the internet by reading the full text of what someone said. Because, as has been so clearly demonstrated by CBS, the news is slanted and spun even in the basic reporting of the AP. So read the speech! Something to notice while you are reading it; look at all the applause lines. That is bipartisan applause, there are democrats in that room too. The things he said were really powerful, and there was no ambiguity about the trials ahead, there was no nuance over the reason of war. When he said "Thank you" hea meant it. This might be my favorite part:
For the skeptics who do not understand the Iraqi people, they do not realize how decades of torture and repression feed our desire for freedom. At every step of the political process to date the courage and resilience of the Iraqi people has proved the doubters wrong.


They said we would miss January deadline to pass the interim constitution.

We proved them wrong.

They warned that there could be no successful handover of sovereignty by the end of June. We proved them wrong. A sovereign Iraqi government took over control two days early.

They doubted whether a national conference could be staged this August. We proved them wrong.

Despite intimidation and violence, over 1,400 citizens, a quarter of them women, from all regions and from every ethnic, religious and political grouping in Iraq, elected a national council.

And I pledge to you today, we'll prove them wrong again over the elections.
Obviously a potshot at the media who by their very nature are sensationalistic and have skewd the perspective of the world to think that every part of Iraq is as bad as Fallujah.

About a half an hour later John Kerry held his own press conference to explain to us what's really going on:
Shortly after Allawi, the interim government's prime minister, gave a rosy portrayal of progress toward peace in Iraq, Kerry said the assessment contradicted reality on the ground.

``The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best face on the policy, but the fact is that the CIA estimates, the reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story,'' Kerry said.
So basically what he's saying to Allawi is "You don't know what's really going on in your own country. You don't know what the Iraqi people need. You don't know how to win this war. Only I can do that for you with the help of other nations". According to Kerry the only way to win this war in Iraq is byand creating alliances. Which, he will somehow create how? With his winning personality? He's been a great help in that department so far. It will be extremely hard to ask someone to come and fight with you in a war that you don't even believe should be taking place. And another thing, what does this kind of talk say to the people in Iraq who believe that freedom and democracy are the answer? It tells them that their freedom and security don't matter and weren't worth fighting for. He's saying that having elections this January is a fantasy and would be illigitimate because violence might keep people away from the polls. Rush breaks this down as only he can. Notice that Kerry had to specify....yes I really do want to win this war.

Rush also has the lowdown on the press conference that the President held, after Allawi's speech, in the Rose Garden. How does he respond to the Kerry gloom and doom?
BUSH: My message is that we will stay the course in staying with these people so that they become free. It's in our national interests that we do so. I believe this is a central part in the war on terror. I believe that when we succeed in Iraq, that America will be more secure. I also know that a free Iraq will send a clear message to the part of the world that is desperate for freedom. It's hard work. The American people know that. But I believe it's necessary work. And I believe a leader must be consistent and clear and not change positions when times get tough. And the times have been hard. These are hard times. But I understand what mixed messages do. You can embolden an enemy by sending a mixed message. You can dispirit the Iraqi people by sending mixed messages. You send the wrong messages to our troops by sending mixed messages. That's why I will continue to lead with clarity in a resolute way.
There you go. There is no ambiguity there. There is no question of whether he wants to win. And there's no question of how he's going to do it. And he's the one winning allies to our cause, not John Kerry.

I'm out of time I'll get to the Rathergate stuff tomorrow.