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October 01, 2004

Most Powerful Quote

Many may disagree, but I think this was the most powerful quote of the entire debate:

BUSH: "Again, I can't tell you how big a mistake I think that is, to have bilateral talks with North Korea. It's precisely what Kim Jong ll wants. It will cause the six-party talks to evaporate. It will mean that China no longer is involved in convincing, along with us, for Kim Jong ll to get rid of his weapons. It's a big mistake to do that."

Why did I pick those words?

A few reasons, but first and foremost, it was the way that he said them. Say I'm undecided. In fact, say I'm beyond undecided, say I'm clueless. Maybe I don't even know the difference between the terms bilateral and multilateral... Still I know confidence and experience when I see it. Those words were dripping with it.

President Bush wasn't campaigning when he said these words. There was an immense power in the sincerity as he spoke. I could tell that he was thinking something along the lines of, "My God, you can't be serious. Tell me you're not going to fuck things up that badly if you're elected. Please, at least take my advice on this one."

It was the voice of experience trying to get through to the voice of inexperience, someone goal-driven attempting to get through to someone driven by popularity, the leader coaching the apprentice.

What more do we need to know?

To read THE WHOLE THING, TRY HERE. If you want a few more highlights and biased commentary, I've included some in the extended entry. I left out the references to the "global test" and "grand diversion" efforts, as these have already been widely covered...


"That's totally absurd. Of course, the U.N. was invited in."

"Actually, we've increased funding for dealing with nuclear proliferation about 35 percent since I've been the president."

"The minute we have bilateral talks, the six-party talks will unwind. That's exactly what Kim Jong ll wants. And by the way, the breach on the agreement was not through plutonium. The breach on the agreement is highly enriched uranium. That's what we caught him doing. That's where he was breaking the agreement."

"It was not my administration that put the sanctions on Iran. That happened long before I arrived in Washington, D.C."


Here's the first:

My opponent talks about me not signing certain treaties. Let me tell you one thing I didn't sign, and I think it shows the difference of our opinion --- the difference of opinions.

And that is, I wouldn't join the International Criminal Court. It's a body based in The Hague where unaccountable judges and prosecutors can pull our troops or diplomats up for trial.

And I wouldn't join it. And I understand that in certain capitals around the world that that wasn't a popular move. But it's the right move not to join a foreign court that could -- where our people could be prosecuted.

My opponent is for joining the International Criminal Court. I just think trying to be popular, kind of, in the global sense, if it's not in our best interest makes no sense. I'm interested in working with our nations and do a lot of it. But I'm not going to make decisions that I think are wrong for America.

And the second:

I'll tell you another way to help protect America in the long run is to continue with missile defenses. And we've got a robust research and development program that has been ongoing during my administration. We'll be implementing a missile-defense system relatively quickly.

And that is another way to help deal with the threats that we face in the 21st century.

My opponent opposed the missile defenses.

This is scary stuff people.

Under the job requirements for this position, I think number 1 should read: "Must not lack confrontational skills, nor give a shit whether or not other leaders like you."

Sure, to be liked is grand. But if we're not liked, we may need the friggin missile defenses!

I think John Kerry should be running for Mr. Universe. He is clearly more interested in global popularity than in being Commander in Chief.

posted by Key on 06:01 PM | Comments (11)
» Gut Rumbles links with: something else
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Key, I am impressed. Damn good post and you echoed my thoughts. Remind me NEVER to call you a dingbat.

I probably will anyway, but just tell me that I'm full of shit when I do.

Posted by: Acidman at October 1, 2004 09:10 PM

I didn't watch, but made the rounds today to see what bloggers thought... and this post is my favorite.

Great job! :)

Posted by: pam at October 1, 2004 10:38 PM

I agree that the quote you mentioned was the most important, though I don't know how many people realize that. I didn't watch the debate but I read through the Fox News transcript last night and that one fairly leapt off the screen at me.

Kerry wants bilateral talks. If he's elected, and we enter into such talks, it's only too likely that we'll end up with the same result as we did under the Clinton administration. Which, of course, is what lead to the situation we're in now.

Posted by: RadarRider at October 1, 2004 10:55 PM

I agree completely with you here. I also thought that Bush completely showed that Kerry was talking out his a$$ and had no real idea what was going on - even so far as to have to correct him on the exact nuclear product in question!

Bush had all his facts at his fingertips while Kerry had to scribble and scribble so he knew what to ATTACK, because of course Kerry does not have the ability to answer any questions - mostly because he has none.

Bush didn't give crush Kerry as much as he could have but I got the sense that he was just SICK SICK SICK of listening to Kerry's tired old tune and was only there to repeat himself ad nauseum.

Posted by: Lark at October 2, 2004 04:01 AM

I will be so very glad to see November come and leave, I am also getting feed up with all of these lies and bullshit. And for you darling, I bet you are one pretty lady, Cat.

Posted by: Catfish at October 2, 2004 01:46 PM

Great Job, KEY! At first I thought the debate was a draw, but the more I read over the transcripts, the more I realize that Bush clearly showed Kerry up for the vain fool that he is.

Posted by: delftsman3 at October 2, 2004 11:53 PM

Great Post Key, It really shows just how anti-constitutional John Kerry is and to think this buffoon took the Senatoral oath of office to uphold and protect the constitution. This is what this man represents and has always represented, his love for - Communism.

Posted by: Jack at October 3, 2004 04:47 AM

Oddly, I thought that was the most important line for a completely different reason. John Kerry has been harping that we need international allies, except in the case of North Korea, he wants the U.S. to go it alone.

I just can't figure out *why* Kerry wants that.

Posted by: Michael at October 4, 2004 08:08 PM

Oh yes, Michael, that too. But for some reason that didn't hit me until after the fact, and this post was more my instantaneous reaction.

He's acting as an obstinate pupil, who may have the same goal as his teacher, but is determined to get their a different way, whether or not it makes sense.

Posted by: Key at October 4, 2004 08:14 PM

Thank you all, btw, for the kind words. (They never go unnoticed.)

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