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John Kerry Responds to Bush’s Speech to the Military Officers Association of America

by Pamela Leavey

The White House released an updated version of their anti-terrorism strategy today, and Bush backed up the release with a speech to the Military Officers Association of America. In his speech today, Bush quoted Osama bin Laden, in effort to back up his own failed policies. Watch a clip of Bush quoting Osama here.

John Kerry responded to Bush’s speech today and his quoting bin Laden with a serious slap down of Bush’s failed policies:

If President Bush had unleashed the American military to do the job at Tora Bora four years ago and killed Osama bin Laden, he wouldn’t have to quote this barbarian’s words today. Because President Bush lost focus on the killers who attacked us and instead launched a disastrous war in Iraq, today Osama bin Laden and his henchmen still find sanctuary in the no-man’s land between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they still plot attacks against America. In a feat of incompetence and ideology, this administration has chosen to fight the primary battle in the wrong place in the wrong way.

President Bush says Osama bin Laden and the terrorists plan to target America’s ‘weak points.’ That’s why it’s even more unacceptable that while the president gives speeches, our borders remain porous and our ports, chemical plants and railways remain insecure. Over here, our weak points remain weak because this administration has had the wrong priorities. And over there, Afghanistan is slipping back into chaos, Pakistan is one coup away from becoming a radical Islamic state with nuclear weapons, Iran is closer to a nuclear arsenal, and Iraq has become a recruitment poster for terror. Only Donald Rumsfeld could call this a plan for victory. A new document may get the Administration through the next news cycle, but it will not win the war on terror. We need to change course, not more of the same.

Although Bush made a point of quoting Osama bin Laden today, the N.Y. Times noted in a piece about the White House “anti-terrorism” report and Bush’s speech today, that “absent from the report was any mention of Osama bin Laden.”

The report gives relatively few specifics concerning what it calls the most urgent problem that of denying terrorists access to unconventional weapons and fissile material in particular,” the N.Y. Times notes. In other words… Where’s the plan BushCo? We all know the answer to that one — there is no real plan. It’s just more of the same old failed rhetoric and fear-mondering tactics.

Bush also made a point of likening the terrorist’s “ideology to fascism,” and put a heavy emphasis on the BushCo “freedom agenda.”

The WaPo has key points of the BushCo National Strategy For Combating Terrorism and the full report is available here.

RELATED POST: Olbermann Slaps Down Bush – ‘Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?’

UPDATE: The WaPo notes John Kerry’s response to Bush’s speech here.

7 Responses to “John Kerry Responds to Bush’s Speech to the Military Officers Association of America”

  1. One of the things W keeps doing that really needs a slapdown is advocating for “democracies” to be developed world wide to counter terrorism.

    The United States is not a Democracy – for good reason.
    We are a Republic. Why isn’t he advocating for republics?

    His plan has a huge hole in the place where “Securing our ports, railroads, borders and chemical plants” should be.

    Just for the record. In The New War Kerry writes at length about the amount of international cooperation in changing laws and establishing ways to address multiple jurisdictions in criminal and terrorists cases. So that if a Saudi terrorist, living in Lebanon, plans an attack in Florida, that is carried out by terrorists from Yemen, all jurisdictions may or can play a role in bringing the mastermind to justice. Same for global criminals. Some of what he wrote about 10 years ago has been started, continued or considered. Some has become outdated as the players, game and field are constantly changing.

    Too much was simply ignored. Most of what Bush talks about in his plan was started by Richard Clarke under Clinton. Only Clarke added the importance of winning the hearts and minds of the moderate citizens of countries that are plagued by terrorism or promote it.

    And he still doesn’t get that terrorism is primarily theocratic with the age old attraction of the poor, angry, fearful and ignorant. All exploited in the same ways that BushCo peddle over and over and over and over.

  2. Ouch! Right on target JK!

    Especially love the parts Pamela highlighted in bold. Take that beotch! LOL 🙂

  3. Dave from Princeton

    My question of the day is how stupid are the people that still believe Dubya?

  4. Don’t even try to imagine, Pamela. It will make your head expode. They are some messed up people. As I mentioned when we spoke yesterday, I sill read their comments on various forums and listen to a lot of them all the time. And you can see what it has done to me. Don’t let what I’ve caused to happen to me happen to you. Save yourselves people 🙁

  5. Dave from Princeton

    I just got a refreshing sense of relief watching Olbermann! Have you seen it?



  6. Those of you who may be members of MOAA should send the management an email opposing the organization supporting GWB as I did. It probably won’t do any good, but at least it puts some members on record as being against having this clown speak about ANYTHING in front of an organization that is supported by our dues!

  7. Vietnam Vet,

    Good idea, I hope plenty do. The rest of us can protest the amount of time and money Bush is using Air Force One to campaign for the GOP candidates – even if they aren’t associating with him.

    If he would work as hard on the WOT as he spends defending his record, he might have accomplished something by now. Like the 9/11 Commission recommendations.