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03-31-2004, 12:34 PM #1
Wimps and Warriors
A gem from Zeb Miller.
U.S. a Nation Divided: the Wimps and the Warriors, Senator Says
The Associated Press
Published: Mar 30, 2004
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Sept. 11 commission's public quarrels with the Bush administration could "energize our enemies and demoralize our troops," Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., said Tuesday.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Miller, the Senate's lone Democrat to endorse Bush for re-election, also denounced former Bush counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke, who has criticized the president as being slow to act against the al-Qaida terrorist network.
"The vindictive Clarke has now had his revenge, but what kind of hell has he, his CBS publisher, and his ax-to-grind advocates unleashed?" Miller said.
Miller has backed Bush on practically every major foreign and domestic initiative. He said if there were intelligence breakdowns, Clarke was most to blame because he was in the "catbird seat" for a decade.
"It's obvious to me that this country is rapidly dividing itself into two camps - the wimps and the warriors," Miller said. "The ones who want to argue and assess and appease, and the ones who want to carry this fight to our enemies and kill them before they kill us."
03-31-2004, 01:21 PM #2
Re: Wimps and Warriors
"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a patriot." -- Mark Twain
Everyone has a different opinion about how much force should be used when and where, etc. The fact that some people call Bush a cowboy and saying he rushed to war, but in the next breath condemn him for not doing enough before 9/11 just highlights how political the debate is.
From what I have seen watching the 9/11 commission the Bush admin. has been very consistent since day 1 as to how to deal with terrorism. Clarke has been anything but consistent.
It seems to me that the previous administration wanted to play both sides by being diplomatic and trying hard not to rush to war, and then responding to attacks with just enough force to look scary but with very little committment to any real results. All of this portrayed the US as weak and vulnerable.....wimps.
Some people refuse to believe that true evil exists in the world today and it doesn't matter how much we "understand" them, or try to help them, they want to kill us.
We can try to change the political/economical system where these people come from in the hope that they will live for something besides killing us. In the meantime we have to take the fight to them before they get a chance to hit us in the US. They think they are the warriors, but they are wrong.