S N I P P E T S F R O M T H E S P I N R O O M
Ken Mehlman, BC'04
Again, the key question that
the American people are looking to--they're not saying are things great
or things hard in Iraq. Both candidates agree things are hard in
Iraq. What the American people are looking to see is, given that
things are hard in Iraq, who has the leadership qualities for victory,
to make America safe. And what they heard from John Kerry was more
contradictions, more back and forth, which makes him less credible as the
solution to the problem.
not sure who this is
(taped but forgot to include name)
Gov. Jeanne Shaheen,
Chair of the Kerry-Edwards Campaign
No I actually think John
Kerry was very strong. He put the president on the defensive from
the very beginning. We saw George Bush refuse to acknowledge the
situation in Iraq and what's happening there. He had no plan for
what he would do to address it that's any different that what we have now.
He didn't acknowledge the terrible cost of that war both in dollars and
in lives, and I think we saw John Kerry strong, refuting Bush's attacks,
and we saw his convictions on the war, and mostly we saw a very different
Gen. McPeak (ret.)
Senator Kerry did everything he needed to do to show the American people their next president. Whereas for me Bush seemed kind of disengaged. I know he's uncomfortable in this kind of format, but I've often thought we need a sort of a "Leave No President Behind" program, you know kind of give him tests regularly to make sure he's doing his homework. Seemed like to me he missed--you know he threw up a lot of airballs. In fact I think he's in the airball hall of fame.
Reporter: What were the airballs?
He's just off point.
Didn't answer the question. I mean what is his plan to get us out
of this mess in Iraq. I never heard it. The American people
never heard it. An airball. But they talked about 20 issues
and they wer all airballs so as I sayk the airball hall of fame.
Sen. Bob Graham
Now on ths specific issue
of differentiating between the war against terror in Afghanistan and Somalia,
Yemen and the other places where it's got to be fought and the war in Iraq,
I think that difference still needs to be clarified. And if you want
to know what the points of that clarification would be, I would recommend
a book called Intelligence Matters [by Sen. Bob Graham], which I
think lays out the case of why those were two different wars and the consequences
of Bush failing to recognize that.