Fear of Clowns

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- H. L. Mencken

Thursday, September 02, 2004

In case Bush claims he's winning his war on al Qaeda 

Following is a chronology of attacks thought to be carried out by al Qaeda.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and Bush's war on terrorism are significant themes of the GOP convention. So far - by my count - in floor speeches bin Laden has not been by name a single time, and al Qaeda just twice - and only once in a way that suggests al Qaeda may still be a problem:

Rudy Giuliani: 'The President announced the Bush Doctrine when he said: "Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists."'

John McCain said: '[Bush] ordered American forces to Afghanistan and took the fight to our enemies, and away from our shores, seriously injuring al Qaeda and destroying the regime that gave them safe haven.'

It will be interesting to hear what Bush has to say about bin Laden and al Qaeda tonight. Maybe he'll announce Osama's been captured or killed and that's why we've heard so little about him.

Al Qaeda was named seven times in floor speeches at the Democratic Convention - all but one of the times references the group as a problem that must be dealt with:

Bill Richardson said 'Al Qaeda is the heir to enemies we have defeated before - today's equivalent of Nazis and fascists who hate the values at the core of the American way of life: democracy and pluralism, diversity and tolerance, innovation and achievement, strength and freedom. And the fate of Al Qaeda will be the same as those other tyrants and thugs - we will defeat them.'

Al Gore said: 'But in order to protect our people, shouldn't we focus on the real source of this threat: the group that attacked us and is trying to attack us again-al Qaeda, headed by Osama Bin Laden? Wouldn't we be safer with a President who didn't insist on confusing al Qaeda with Iraq?'

Bob Graham said 'Today, "recruiting billboards" for al Qaeda are being erected on the main streets of the Middle East. We need to work with our allies and like-minded people of the Islamic world to tear down those billboards and drain the swamp of terror.'

Ted Kennedy said: '[The current administration] have made it harder to win the real war on terrorism, the war against Al Qaeda.'

Tom Vilsack said 'In short, we will confront al-Qaeda and its terror affiliates around the globe with every tool available.'

Dennis Kucinich said: 'Iraq had nothing to do with 911 or with al Qaeda's role in 911.'

Steve Brozak, Ret. Lt. Col., USMC said:
'It's Americans from all walks of life who believe that to keep America safe, to defeat al-Qaeda, we need both smart bombs and wise policy.'

Kerry didn't mention al Qaeda or bin Laden by name in his acceptance speech. But at this point in the GOP convention it seems like the Dems are clearly more focused on combating al Qaeda and bin Laden than the Republicans.

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