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Endorsement of Bush for President?

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Submitted by lee Charendoff (United States), Mar 9, 2004 at 12:59

Daniel, I respect and mostly admire your views, subscribe to your newsletter and even contribute financially to the MEF. I went to see you in Hartford when you talked there at the Jewish Book Festival. I send your articles to countless people.

I think that your comment that the capture of Osama is necessary so that the reelection of Bush is assured to continue the war on terrorism is unfounded. You say that Kerry is a September 10 guy whereas Bush is a Sept 12 guy. Perhaps but where was Bush when the intelligence on or before September 10 was being ignored? If you believe Paul O'Neill the war on Iraq was planned before Bush was even President. With all of that time he failed to construct a real international coalition to go after Saddam, failed to see the real situation on the ground there, failed to make realistic plans for the war's aftermath and lied about Saddam's connections to El Quaeda.

As for OBL we brought about regime change in Afghanistan and drove OBL into the hills. We did not capture him or stoip his movement and then we failed to follow through in Afghanistan where the Taliban is resurfacing outside of Kabul. Al Quaeda is now present in Iraq where it was non existent before the Iraq war.

Bush plays patsy with Pakistan and supports that country even though they admit that they supplied atomic secrets and materiel to known terrorist countries (and terrorist organisations?). Khan was allowed to shed a few crocodile tears on TV but he is still there and Bush did not object!

Haiti is in our hemisphere where we have an embassy yet we did not seem to know what was going on there. One day Powell said he was the legitimate democratically elected leader and two days later he arranged for him to be deposed. Where was the intelligence there? Where are our democratic principles?

What will we do in Iraq when Sistani is "democratically elected" and turns Iraq into a fundamentalist state? Not an unlikely scenario.
There are other things besides the war on terrorism that need to be considered when one considers his vote on the presidency.
Bush set up the biggest beaureaucracy to deal with terrorism and then failed to fund it. ... All of those billions and all we got was a coloring book! As you often point out we are not safer today.

We are fighting a war but only the soldiers are asked to sacrifice! ...
I did not even begin to talk about Saudi Arabia the fountainhead of terrorism which Bush always describes as our partner... I don't see how the Democrats and Kerry in particular could do worse. We need change!
Lee Charendoff.
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Islam and Militant Islam, same thing [451 words]K JacksonMar 22, 2004 13:2514292
Bush is neither fighting a war against global terror nor is he a friend to Israel [583 words]Dafna YeeMar 20, 2004 13:2214265
Virulent ideology [66 words]Elie KhawandMar 16, 2004 09:4614209
Osama factor is less important [301 words]Nirmal AkashJul 20, 2006 03:4114209
Global Integrity and consistency are more vital in terror fighting [376 words]Shushil BatashJul 25, 2006 02:3714209
Steps necessary for destroying Islamic Terrorism [489 words]Shunil PrantorJul 26, 2006 02:3214209
1the real cause of terrorism [444 words]samreenJul 17, 2008 16:1414209
Sorry Mr. Kerry, The Spanish beat you to it. [205 words]YonasonMar 15, 2004 18:3314200
Capturing Osama [100 words]S.C.PandaMar 15, 2004 04:2914195
re: Kerry and terrorism [106 words]James A. BushMar 12, 2004 23:1514186
The Size of Jihadism [91 words]Timothy RobertsMar 11, 2004 20:1614176
I Agree [149 words]Mohamed Ahmed BerrayMar 11, 2004 08:5814168
You are right [190 words]YoniMar 10, 2004 16:2714161
Great points [9 words]Ray AtwoodMar 10, 2004 13:1714159
Islamism [237 words]John McClainMar 10, 2004 11:5314157
Killing Osama only short term benefit [179 words]Darwin BarrettMar 9, 2004 19:2814148
The battle of ideas [90 words]Martin LindeskogMar 9, 2004 17:1214146
EU pandering [87 words]Daniel MiddlemanMar 9, 2004 16:2314144
support for bush reelection [18 words]Jack GoldbergMar 9, 2004 16:1814143
Bush or Kerry, who would be worse for defense? [281 words]Maryallene OtisMar 9, 2004 16:1114142
Islamic Radicals, the Modern Neanderthals [291 words]Joseph E BentzelMar 9, 2004 13:2014136
Endorsement of Bush for President? [451 words]lee CharendoffMar 9, 2004 12:5914135
Political Stupidity [187 words]JimSMar 9, 2004 12:2314133
no point in gratuitously antagonizing a possible next president [88 words]Marvin RabinovitchMar 9, 2004 10:4514132
Spinning Capture of Osama [55 words]alan septimusMar 9, 2004 10:2614131
Thank you [230 words]BrettMar 9, 2004 09:5514129
Capturing Bin Laden & Re-Election of Pres. Bush [126 words]Tova MatteroMar 9, 2004 08:2414125
The bigger threat [304 words]Vijay DandapaniMar 9, 2004 08:1114124
Getting Bin Laden [137 words]Peter J. HerzMar 9, 2004 06:5514123

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