. . . Monday October 25, 2004

All Talk

Kerry on the Missing Weapons:

George W. Bush, who talks tough — talks tough — and brags about making Americans safe, has once again failed to deliver. After being warned about the danger of major stockpiles of explosives in Iraq, this president failed to guard those stockpiles where nearly 380 tons of highly explosive weapons were kept. Today we learn that these explosives are missing, unaccounted for and potentially in the hands of terrorists. Terrorists could use this material to kill our troops, our people, blow up airplanes and level buildings.

…Now we know that our country and our troops are less safe because this president failed to do the basics. This is one of the great blunders of Iraq, one of the great blunders of this administration. The incredible incompetence of this president and his administration has put our troops at risk and put our country at greater risk than we ought to be.

This is good. But it would’ve been more effective as a constant theme instead of as a reponse to a major news story. During the primaries, Kerry repeatedly said of the President: “George Bush speaks of strength.”

It was an effective line that gets to the bluster that is at the core of this administration. It’s all about tough talk. But for much of the campaign, Kerry found himself on the defensive and felt forced to speak of his own strength. Those were the wasted months of this campaign.

Concentration is important!