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Friday, October 01, 2004
The Global Test
by Cordeiro
I was on a plane last night - returning from a business trip to the land northward (Canada for those geographically challenged readers) - so I didn't get to watch the debate as it unfolded live on the air. Thankfully, Bonjo taped it for me.

And with due respect to RoninKengo's comment, Lurch did not win the debate. In fact, he stumbled into a Michael Dukakis moment that may in fact finally sink the SS Lurch. As an example of this, I submit the following exchange from the debate transcript:

LEHRER: New question. Two minutes, Senator Kerry.

What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war?

KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.

No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.

But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.

LEHRER: Ninety seconds.

BUSH: Let me -- I'm not exactly sure what you mean, "passes the global test," you take preemptive action if you pass a global test.

My attitude is you take preemptive action in order to protect the American people, that you act in order to make this country secure.
This election will be won or lost on the candidate's ability to convince the American people he is ready, willing, and able to defend the United States from all enemies - regardless of whether or not any "Global Test" has been passed.

Lurch may have come across as polished and articulate - possibly even likeable. So far, the press has labeled W as "annoyed". Well, I'd be annoyed too if I had to put up with the constant drivel that emanated forth from the mouth of Lurch last night.

Perhaps W didn't change any minds last night. He didn't need to. His performance was solid - he said what he had to say and defended his record. Where Lurch was wrong, as was the case many times - specifically regarding North Korea, W called him on it.

Lurch, as will soon be noted, changed no minds last night. Field goals don't mean much when you're down by several touchdowns.

Here endeth the lesson.

4 Comment(s):
Glad I stumbled onto your site, as you have pointed out one of the best reasons I have heard for Bush's "annoyed" look - Kerry's drivel...an excellent description of what comes out of Kerry's mouth!
I really don't think Bush came off the debate in good shape. Kerry pointed out that one can be certain of something... But one can also be certain and WRONG. Bush does stick to his guns, but his guns are aimed at the wrong thing.

Kerry understands that the United States must be an active part of the world community. It is not an entity upon itself in this global community. The war in Afghanistan was not a preemptive action, it was a reaction to 9/11. The Iraq war was preemptive but without a reason for preemption. The issue should be bin Laden.

If the US had put the resources it put into Iraq, into killing and capturing Al Qaeda... the so-called war on terror would be over. And bin Laden's head would be on the proverbial American pike.

The Iraq situation was dealt with improperly. Bush did it unilaterally (Oops I forgot Poland). Had McCain been POTUS, or even Gore he would have gone about it unilaterally, and you'd have a much better situation in Iraq right now. If the situation had even happened at all.

I have to disagree. If you are part of the UN you have to gauge world opinion. Iraq was not an imminent threat to the world. Iran certainly is, North Korea certainly is... but with UN Sanctions, inspectors, and no fly zones in Iraq ... Saddaam did not pose an imminent threat. Dubya handled it badly.
by unilaterally of course I meant MULTILATERALLY in the case of McCain or Gore.
First of all, are you that desperate to negate Senator Kerry's validity that you have to excessively mock the fact that he's a tall man? Chicks dig tall guys. How tall are you?

More importantly -- how is it possible that Republicans could actually be using this 'global test' argument to their advantage? The comment was simply in regards to not pouring troops into conflict with countries because of random/deep-seated fears -- and instead spending time to ensure that the world UNDERSTANDS the threat. If there really was an imminent threat that needed to be pre-empted, this task would not be difficult. In the case of Iraq, there was obviously no way one could back it up with actual *REASONS*.

And then Republicans use this as their main rebuttal in post-debate conversation. That Kerry thinks we need to pass a global test. If that isn't the most simplistic spin I've ever seen, it sure is close.

In closing -- you claim that Kerry didn't change any minds. I'll use a poll to debunk your little myth -- since you Republicans enjoy polls -- before the debat, Bush was up 14 points. In a new poll by the same polling company (USA Today/Gallup) after the debate, they were in a dead tie.

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