American security is “up in the air,” says President Bush.
A more profound statement has scant been uttered in the throws of the eleventh hour of a tight election season. With this honest and forthright assessment of the geopolitical conditions of global security, we find once again that the President’s integrity is showing. He speaks truth to the citizens that are his equal. Similarly, Senator Kerry’s character was exposed by the statement as well. He took the opportunity of a perceived ‘gaff’ to attempt to score political points… again. Ignoring for a moment, that the Senator attacks the President for playing straight with the American people – both implying that he: 1. would not play straight; and 2. ensuring by rhetorical sting that few other politicians will in the future - Kerry misses the true condemnation that is being cast upon his own judgment with that simple expression of concern, that spreads open a warning for the multitude of possible outcomes.
The President’s comment on Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes" show, taped on Saturday and released on Sunday, is en par with that of another American Statesman over two centuries ago. At the close of the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government the Constitution was bringing into existence. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it. ” (reference). In his own way, the President is making the same statement as that of his posthumous mentor.
"Whether or not we can be ever fully safe is up -- you know, is up in the air. I would hope we could make it a lot more safe by staying on the offensive," Bush said.
This nation can be safe and remain in existence, not if the President nor John Kerry makes it so, but if 'We the People' make it so. It is, after all, the people who are responsible for the decisions that secure the destiny of the nation. The candidates and their idiosyncratic personalities stand in representation ‘of the people’ and ‘for the people’ and not to be substituted in forfeiture of volition ‘by the people.’ The President clearly understands Ben Franklin's (and the Founders') notions concerning self governance. John Kerry, clearly does not! His statement in response is equally informative about his perception of leadership, as it is obtuse:
"George W. Bush doubts whether he can make America safe. Well, I give you this pledge: As president, we will find, capture and kill the terrorists. It's not 'up in the air.' We will win the war on terror, and we will make America safer," Kerry said in a statement issued from Boca Raton, Fla. (reference)
Like Castro with the Cubans, Kerry intends to make life 'possible' for Americans. John Kerry will protect you. John Kerry will educate your children. John Kerry will provide you with a job and benefits. John Kerry will attend to your healthcare and your retirement. John Kerry will see to your prosperity, just so long as you elect John Kerry and give him open access to your income and your indiscriminate judgment. John Kerry’s plan is not to be your representative, but rather, your omnipresent surrogate by manner of Democrats in substitute to them of your sovereignty.
“We will make America safer,” says John Kerry. Only the ‘We’ to whom the Senator refers, in stark contrast to President Bush, is he and the Democrats. Kerry’s understanding of security is as misshapen as his comprehension of ‘republic.’ After flip-flopping on the nature of the threat Iraq posses, Kerry has spent his entire presidential campaign catering to his myopic base who join sheepish Europeans, ignoring the wolves for the dog, in viewing the American President and Conservative Republicans as the greatest threat on the globe. Wretchard outlines the Left’s dangerously misdirected distrust over at Belmont Club, pointing to a Guardian article claiming that terror is a figment of the panicky American imagination. "There are really no wolves in the forest, just the sound of the wind in the trees." Islamofascism may be a ‘nuisance’ to the Left, but Capitalism represents absolute evil. Kerry’s entire campaign has been devoted to that singular premise. He intends to make America and the world safer, alright; safer from Republicans.
With regard to the war on Terror, however, the Senator continues to declare that Iraq was the ‘wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time,’ insisting that Iraq was ‘not an imminent threat.’ And yet, Kerry seizes on a regurgitated report from the IAEA that claims several hundred tons of conventional explosives were looted from a former Iraqi military facility that once played a key role in Saddam Hussein’s efforts to build a nuclear bomb. (reference) Naturally, Kerry’s concern transcends the presence of Sadam’s WMD program and its associated ordinance, noting instead that, "… the incredible incompetence of this President and this administration has put our troops at risk and put this country at greater risk than we ought to be." (reference)
Were that the presence of such weapons, in the hands of a mass-murdering Islamacist tyrant in command of massive oil reserves and one of the world’s largest armies, for distribution to terrorist networks was of equally grave concern to John Kerry, one might afford his indignation more respect. As it stands, that is not the case. Contrary to the impression afforded by the AP , The New York Times and CNN that the story reflects the incompetence of the administration, Ed at Captain’s Quarters, notes that weapons disappeared from the Al Qaqaa depot, but after the last IAEA inspection, before the invasion. Rather than damaging the administration and its motivations for invading Iraq, this story, actually undermines the Democrats charge and offers additional evidence that weapons (conventional and WMD) missed by the UN inspections were spirited away while the coalition awaited UN authorization for action and Turkey’s cooperation for participation. Kerry’s predictable reaction to this story further demonstrates a severe tendency towards poor judgment when it comes to national security. It is, unfortunately, the only characteristic for which, the Senator demonstrates consistency.
American security is “up in the air, ” says President Bush.
It’s not a gaff. The President is offering a fair bit of advice. American security is “up in the air,” Senator Kerry, if the nation sees fit to elect… you!