from the NYT editorial pages (must be paid subscriber)
the latest from Tom Friedman...commenting on the ridiculous disposition of comparing Kerry's recent verbal idiocy to the unbelievable actioned incompetence of Iraq.
the main talking points:
Every time you hear Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney lash out against Mr. Kerry, I hope you will say to yourself, â€œThey must think Iâ€™m stupid.â€ Because they surely do.
They think that they can get you to overlook all of the Bush teamâ€™s real and deadly insults to the U.S. military over the past six years by hyping and exaggerating Mr. Kerryâ€™s mangled gibe at the president.
What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to the U.S. military than to send it into combat in Iraq without enough men â€” to launch an invasion of a foreign country not by the Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force, but by the Rumsfeld Doctrine of just enough troops to lose? What could be a bigger insult than that?
What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in uniform than sending them off to war without the proper equipment, so that some soldiers in the field were left to buy their own body armor and to retrofit their own jeeps with scrap metal so that roadside bombs in Iraq would only maim them for life and not kill them? And what could be more injurious and insulting than Don Rumsfeldâ€™s response to criticism that he sent our troops off in haste and unprepared: Hey, you go to war with the army youâ€™ve got â€” get over it.
What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in uniform than to send them off to war in Iraq without any coherent postwar plan for political reconstruction there, so that the U.S. military has had to assume not only security responsibilities for all of Iraq but the political rebuilding as well? The Bush team has created a veritable library of military histories â€” from â€œCobra IIâ€ to â€œFiascoâ€ to â€œState of Denialâ€ â€” all of which contain the same damning conclusion offered by the very soldiers and officers who fought this war: This administration never had a plan for the morning after, and weâ€™ve been making it up â€” and paying the price â€” ever since.
And what could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in Iraq than to send them off to war and then go out and finance the very people theyâ€™re fighting against with our gluttonous consumption of oil? Sure, George Bush told us weâ€™re addicted to oil, but he has not done one single significant thing â€” demanded higher mileage standards from Detroit, imposed a gasoline tax or even used the bully pulpit of the White House to drive conservation â€” to end that addiction. So we continue to finance the U.S. military with our tax dollars, while we finance Iran, Syria, Wahhabi mosques and Al Qaeda madrassas with our energy purchases.