Critiquing Bush

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2003

I wish to start what I hope will be calm dialog about the speech the president gave Sunday night. I will state my questions without name-calling and I hope those who respond will do the same. Let us all assume everyone writing in is a person of good will who loves America.

On Sunday, the president said, "We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness." How does this statement apply to Russia and Israel, two countries with horrific terrorism problems?

Israel guarantees retaliation in all cases of terror. They are unafraid of having to strike residential areas if that is where the terrorists are hiding. In the case of Russia we have seen that they are willing to gas their own people rather than make concessions to Chechen terrorists. Neither of these countries can possibly be accused of being "soft on terror."

On Sunday, the president said that "terrorists became convinced that free nations were decadent and weak." If terrorists are specifically targeting free nations that are "decadent and weak," why does America get special fury when so many nations in Europe could not retaliate if attacked?

In exhorting other nations to bear the burden we took upon ourselves, the president said, "Yet we cannot let past differences interfere with present duties." What gives America the right to set the duties of other nations? If France invaded a country over our objections and got bogged down in occupation, they would have no demands on us.

Finally, on Sunday, the president asked Congress for another $87 billion, with $20 billion earmarked for Iraq. With these escalating demands on the public purse, why is the president still pursuing further and deeper tax cuts? Where will the money come from?

Daniel Cornwall


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