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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Zell Miller Is Certainly Entitled To His Opinions

I was certainly surprised by the lack of facts and logic in Zell Miller's speech at the Republican National Convention in New York City. The only real information that can be gleaned from it is the news of Zell Miller's four great grandchildren who have been born in the recent years. And while I am certainly happy for Senator Miller on the account of this exciting development, and wish his family all the best, I am troubled as to what to make of the rest of his speech,- other than consider it an emotional expression of support for George W Bush's reelection.

Miller seems to see things very differently from how other observers of all political affiliations view them.
Where is the bipartisanship in this country when we need it most?

Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief.
Senator Miller, I don't know where the bipartisanship went. I guess bipartisan support for things like the USA Patriot Act, the use of force in Iraq and Afghanistan, the overwhelming support both major parties express for Israel,- and many other things I can't think of right now,- simply doesn't count. If that is how you approach this issue, Sir, then I guess you are right. And I don't see anything manic in trying to unseat a Commander in Chief who is at best incompetent, at worst a manipulator using his role to promote his personal agenda, not the security of the nation.

Senator Miller accuses both Massachusetts Senators, Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, of being weak on defense.
Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons system that won the Cold War and that is now winning the War on Terror.

Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.

The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40 percent of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.

The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Gadhafy's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra. The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.

The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War. The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11.

I could go on and on and on: against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel; against the Aegis air-defense cruiser; against the Strategic Defense Initiative; against the Trident missile; against, against, against.

This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?

U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?
Well, to comprehensively analyze this speech point-by-point I would need to read all the relevant bills,- but even without that I would say that the Administration we've got today has certainly negated lots of security benefits of our superior firepower by politicizing intelligence,- and wherever politics rule, professionalism dies. Modern wars can not be won by arms alone, and this Administration has failed to win the war for hearts and minds. Also, with a faulty intelligence,- some may say, deliberately falsified intelligence,- victory becomes that much harder to attain. So to me George W Bush certainly does not look like a candidate those concerned with the national security issues ought to root for.

But Senator Miller seems to think different. So much so that
There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their [his great grandchildren's] future and that man's name is George Bush.
Wow, that's quite a statement. So, not one person,- not one of us, the almost 300 million strong crowd here in the US of A, cuts it? Wow, we must truly be a sorry lot.

Be that as it may, I certainly hope Senator Miller is in for a major disappointment this November. I also expect that disappointment to be beneficial for his great grandchildren and the rest of us.

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