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"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen


Wednesday, April 07, 2004  

On Wolf Blitzer's whorefest last night, Al Franken got a chance to beat up on Michael Graham. While he did a fine job, I thought he missed a beautiful opportunity to finish this rightwing talking point off before it gets started. Here's the setup, and the RW talking point.

"SEN. EDWARD KENNEDY (D), MASSACHUSETTS: How do we reestablish the working relationships we need with other countries to win the war on terrorism and advance the ideals we share? And how can we possibly expect President Bush to do that? He's the problem, not the solution. Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam. And this country needs a new president.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BLITZER: Explosive words, Michael. What do you say?

GRAHAM: It's absolutely outrageous.

First of all, I love hearing the favorite senator of the United States distillery association on any topic whatsoever. But when I hear a member of his end of the party use Vietnam, what I understand -- and Al Franken can perhaps clarify this -- I understand him stay saying that it's an immoral war that we cannot win. I reject that on behalf of the troops on both sides.

I wish he would say that standing in front of the one of the rape rooms we closed down about the immorality part. And, as far as we can't win, I have no doubt that our troops can win this war. Our troops have been winning wars like this for years. And they have the tools. They have the ability. This is -- I cannot think of a statement more designed to undercut the troops in the field than calling this a Vietnam. He dropped the V word on our troops. And I'm outraged by it."
Al went into a discussion about how Kennedy used Viet Nam as a "quagmire", etc., but the point has passed on and the insult has been framed. We have to slam the insult back at them:

RESPONSE: How dare you say that! Are you insulting our veterans from Viet Nam, telling them they couldn't win the war, that they were too incompetent to win? What kind of talk is that?

The biggest problem in Viet Nam is the biggest problem today: The lack of leadership in Washington. Political leadership lost us the war then, and it's losing us the war, and our reputation around the world, today.

That's the response to make.

posted by lazarus | 10:22 | |
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