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John Kerry Responds to Bush’s Latest Speech

by Pamela Leavey

Another day, another Bush speech… Maybe it’s just me, but there is something very, very sad about this display of desperation from Bush with his series of daily speeches.

In his speech in Atlanta, Bush said, “Over the past five years, we have waged an unprecedented campaign against terror at home and abroad. And that campaign has succeeded in protecting the homeland.” He said many Americans ask whether the country has become safer since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bush’s latest empty rhetoric speech today, was part strategy to boost the GOP in the polls and part to urge Congress to approve his domestic spying program. John Kerry issued the following response to Bush’s speech:

President Bush’s claims about progress in the War on Terror ring as hollow as Vice President Cheney’s rosy predictions in Iraq.

On the very day the president said we’re on the offensive against terrorists in Afghanistan, the NATO commander said the opposite is true and made a desperate plea for more troops to stop a major Taliban offensive.

No speech changes the fact that five years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden is still free and al Qaeda is open for business, but the CIA unit in charge of hunting down bin Laden has been closed.

No rhetoric about confronting state sponsors of terror changes the fact that nothing has happened to stop Iran from arming Hezbollah.

Five years after 9/11, this Administration only has a strategy to win the mid term elections when America needs a strategy to win the War on Terror.”

A new CBS News/New York Times poll released shows that the many Americans “Feel Less Safe.” Bush should stop giving broken record speeches and pay more attention to the polls.

One Response to “John Kerry Responds to Bush’s Latest Speech”

  1. I just saw Sen. Kerry on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC and as always he was very eloquent and accurate about his views on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror. It was an excellent interview. I wonder in anyone else saw it.

    Unlike Ms. Couric’s interview with Mr. Bush last night on the CBS Evening News, where he seemed unsure of his reponses, and at times uncomfortable; most of his answers seemed to be Republican talking points. Which was disappointing.

    The way things are right now with Iraq specifically, most Americans would probably agree with a lot of the points Sen. Kerry made.

    I was glad to see him talk about the war in Afghanistan as most National Democratic leaders don’t seem to focus on it as much as they talk about Iraq. If they did they would appear strong on national security and Republicans would find it difficult to portray Democrats as weak on the issue.