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Friday, June 24, 2005

The differences

Karl Rove was correct that there are differences between Republicans and Democrats. From DNC: Kicking Ass:
White House spokesman Scott McClellan says that Karl Rove just meant that Democrats and Republicans had "different philosophies" when it comes to their reactions following 9/11. We agree. Our philosophies couldn't be more different when it comes to fighting international terrorism. Let's compare:

Democrats
Believe capturing the person primarily responsible for the attack should be a top priority.

Republicans
It's been four years, and Osama bin Laden is still free, even though Bush's CIA chief says he knows where he is.

Democrats
Investigate the intelligence failures that led to 9/11.

Republicans
Do everything in their power to block the 9/11 Commission from doing its work.

Democrats
Propose creating the Department of Homeland Security.

Republicans
Push tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Democrats
Believe we should have stayed the course in Afghanistan, not allowing the Taliban to resurge, the warlords to take power, and the opium trade to skyrocket.

Republicans
Ignore Afghanistan as the situation worsens.

Democrats
Believe that we should be honest with our troops about the reasons we go to war, give them everything they need to be safe, and make sure we go in with an exit plan.

Republicans
Manipulate intelligence to trump up reasons to go to war, don't give our troops the support they need, constantly mislead the public about the direction the war is going, and fail to make an exit plan. And turn Iraq into the ultimate terrorist training ground.

2 Comments:

At Friday, June 24, 2005 10:45:00 AM, Blogger John C. said...

The philosophical differences are many. I believe if we had a Democratic president in office on or before 9-11 we wouldn't have suffered the damages that occured on that fateful day, much less fought a meaningless war in Iraq, loot the treasury and make a point of contention our foreign policy towards other nations. Unfortunately we got what we got and they did what they did without much opposition from our own party leaders which begs the question....Why did/do we let em get away with it?

 
At Friday, June 24, 2005 4:13:00 PM, Blogger Carnacki said...

For the most part, I think there was a genuine desire among the Democractic leaders to stand united as one voice and to be nonpartisan as possible to show the world a united front. The Democrats put country ahead of partisanship and naively thought the Bush administration would do the same. The vileness of this administration was incomprehensible to many. Bush saw this as simply an opportunity to be the dictator he always wanted instead of the leader of the nation.

 

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