Lurch lurches to the left
At first, I was terribly disappointed with President Bush last night. At times, he had that "deer in the headlights" look as he groped for words. No matter, in the end he held his own, despite the incessant battering from the left. That's "political left" as well as "camera left", of course.
Kerry on the other hand, never fails to disappoint, and last night was no exception. While he has a reputation for hiding is true views and changing positions like the wind upon which he surfs, this first debate revealed his true nature for all to see.
In his self-confident blustering, he made several revealing statements, which of course now become ammunition for those of us on the right. Giving nuclear fuel to Iran, going back to bi-lateral fawning over North Korea, "tax cuts for the rich", etc. But one statement stood out from the rest, and shows us exactly who John Kerry really is.
When asked what is the greatest threat facing us, he replied "nuclear proliferation". Not terrorism, not WMD in general, not even al Qaeda or Osama himself. And he was careful to say that Iraq was a "grand distraction" from the real war in Afghanistan. But all of that is beside the point.
No, the War on Terror is not the greatest threat to us. Not Islamic extremists who want to slaughter each of our children in the name of "divine justice". Not WMD in the hands of terrorists. No, he thinks nuclear weapons in general are the greatest threat, especially those produced by his own country.
What egregious example of nuclear proliferation did he offer? Why, the United States, of course. He talked about our development of nuclear bunker-buster bombs, and how terrible an example that sets for the world. And, if he is elected, that program comes to a screeching halt. No other example given. Not Iran, not China, not North Korea, but the United States.
In other words, in the "global standard" view of John Kerry, the greatest threat to the world is the United States.
It reminds me of a line from an old Pogo comic strip, "We have met the enemy, and he is us."
Thanks, John Kerry. You never fail to disappoint.