Thursday, August 26, 2004

I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post does some comparisons on what John Kerry said and what Bush or Cheney says he said. For example:

“I will fight this war on terror with the lessons I learned in war. I defended this country as a young man, and I will defend it as president of the United States. I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations and brings them to our side and lives up to American values in history. I lay out a strategy to strengthen our military, to build and lead strong alliances and reform our intelligence system. I set out a path to win the peace in Iraq and to get the terrorists wherever they may be before they get us.” — Kerry, Aug. 5

“Senator Kerry has also said that if he were in charge he would fight a ‘more sensitive’ war on terror. America has been in too many wars for any of our wishes, but not a one of them was won by being sensitive. . . . Those who threaten us and kill innocents around the world do not need to be treated more sensitively. They need to be destroyed.” — Cheney, Aug. 12

Okay, I know we’re in the heat of a campaign, but you would expect that the people who are nominally in charge of running the country could at least be counted on to actually read and comprehend just what the other person said before they make hash of it. It’s one thing to disagree about a person’s point of view and their political philosophy, but to completely mangle the shit out of it and then cite it as what they said is another thing entirely. (It reminds me of the old pol in Texas who would use fancy words to confuse his audience: “My opponent’s family are all avowed homo sapiens,” or “I saw that man commit a piscatory act down at the pond,” – the guy was fishing.) Read the rest – it gets worse. And while you’re at it, catch the update at the end of the article about the new charter airline being hired to fly the press corps to Bush campaign events. They have a safety record on a par with Kamikaze Airlines. Talk about killing the messenger…