"Slarrow" refers to the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" from Hamlet's soliloquy. Here are the chronicles of such darts and whatever attempt there may be to take arms against such a sea of troubles.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Spittin' In The Wind

So John Kerry is babbling again about the "rush to war" and how he would have given the inspectors more time? It's just been too expensive?

Kerry says, "I call this course a catastrophic choice that has cost us $200 billion because we went it alone, and we've paid an even more unbearable price in young American lives...$200 billion for Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford after-school programs for our children; $200 billion in Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford health care for our veterans; $200 billion for Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford to keep the 100,000 police officers we put on the street..."

Some observations:

1) Again, Kerry insults our allies by claiming we went it alone. What exactly is the point behind poisoning relations with people who actually helped us do this? It's astonishing to me that John Kerry is actually making ingratitude a campaign message.

2) So John Kerry tells us that about 750 combat deaths and 250 accidental deaths in Iraq is an "unbearable price"? Is John Kerry telling our enemies the entrance fee for unrestrained activity against our country without fear of reprisal? "Kill 1000 of our professional soldiers and we'll leave you alone"? Does this also mean that in any conflict, John Kerry would have a number of casualities in mind that would trigger his "get out of town" impulse? Is he advertising that number now?

3) After-school programs are nice, but I'd rather have fewer taxpayer-funded afterschool programs and an aggressive fight against our enemies than universal afterschool programs and commando squads having to raid those programs where terrorists are holding children hostage.

4) Health care? Cops? Those are important issues, especially for peacetime, but there are lots of resources that can assist in that battle: states, community groups, municipalities, changes in local laws, etc. But the city council of Akron, Ohio, can't take out Muslim murderers in Fallujah. The VA hospital in Columbia, Missouri, can't depose an enemy government that shelters terrorists bent on our destruction. The federal government runs the armed forces which is uniquely suited to do the job that needs to be done, and if other programs don't get the federal dollar for a little while, so be it.

5) John Kerry says he would have done everything differently to prevent the "rush to war." Suppose Bush had given the inspectors more time and closed the weather window for attack. Would that have improved things? I don't think so.

John Kerry has no answers. He has only wild accusations and vain assertions that things would all be better if only he had been in charge. (Don't we all know a guy like that at work?) He's just spittin' in the wind, and you know who gets wet when you do that.

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