War On Terror – Bumper Sticker

wot-not.gif John Edwards like Joe Biden here has had a lot to say about the war on terror.  Most recently it has been about how the War on Terror of George Bush is really a sham and designed for political purposes and NOT to make America safer (see below).  So John Edwards can vote for and claim repeatedly that he will be behind the “War on Terror” until the end and suddenly he is another Democrat getting in the race for the nomination and everything he said before is of no account and that makes Bush the one that is playing politics.  Sheesh!

“The core of this presidency has been a political doctrine that George Bush calls the ‘Global War on Terror.’ He has used this doctrine like a sledgehammer to justify the worst abuses and biggest mistakes of his administration… The war on terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It’s a bumper sticker, not a plan. It has damaged our alliances and weakened our standing in the world… The ‘war’ metaphor has also failed because it exaggerates the role of only one instrument of American power–the military… we must move beyond the idea of a war on terror.”  …. John Edwards

Lets examine where John Edwards has been on this issue when other sympathies prevailed in the electorate.

  1. Voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq
  2. At DNC Convention in 2004 in acceptance speech for Vice Presidency: “We are a nation at war, global war on terror.”
  3. Democratic Platform in 2004 that Edwards ran for President on:  Today, we face three great challenges above all others – first, to win the global war against terror; second, to stop the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and third, to promote democracy and freedom around the world, starting with a peaceful and stable Iraq.

Now up to recently when the left blogosphere started panning the use of the words “war on terror” even the left portion of the Democratic party largely separated their view of the War in Iraq from that of the “War on Terror,” but Mr. Edwards now is stepping out with a disingenuous change of rhetoric to fit with the base of the Democratic party.  Ok, so be it, but who is using the words “war on terror” for political purposes.

I would like to add that even when Edwards was trying to sound strong on the “war on terror” including the war in Iraq, we come to find from his campaign manager (Bob Shrum) of 2004 when Edwards was running for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency that both John and his wife were against casting his vote in the Senate for the War in Iraq, but his political consultants (in Shrum’s own words here paragraph 5) prevailed on Edwards that he needed to vote for the resolution, which of course he did and so I wonder how much more political you can get with this issue than to change your vote for the war resolution based on your own political needs.

And just one further point, I wonder how we have intercepted so many terrorist plots in the U.S. and world at large and have spared this country from additional attacks so far and for so long if the President is not trying to make America safe as  Edwards claims (his words not mine).  [hmm]

UPDATE:  I wanted to update this post to include a link provided by a commenter “Total Transformation Test” of a video of John Edwards stating that he will support the “War on Terror” to the end. here

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11 Responses to “War On Terror – Bumper Sticker”


  1. 1 MDBL May 25, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Such a waste of blogspace…

    I’m really waiting for something great from you. Your daughters blog (& its dialogue) has been kicking your butt for at least a week now. 😉
    & she’s running a “Mommy Blog”… Guess I need to adjust my expectations?

  2. 2 stevereenie May 25, 2007 at 11:27 am

    MDBL

    “Guess I need to adjust my expectations?”

    You should have done that a long time ago. And it is just a short trip to the bookmarks and then click on delete.

  3. 3 misi May 25, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how politicians change stances at a moments notice to fit whatever situation they are in. Edwards is disgusting for sure.

  4. 4 the Grit May 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Hi s,

    He’s a trial lawyer turned politician! He lies for a living, and, considering how filthy rich he has gotten from it, he must be dang good at it.

    the Grit

  5. 5 totaltransformation May 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Don’t forget this

    You gotta watch it!

  6. 6 stevereenie May 25, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Grit,

    Just an interesting note. You remember that news article last week about the underwater explorer company that found about $500 million in Gold Coins, etc? Edwards owns 10% of that and I understand that he got $50,000 to speak to some college numbskulls about poverty (note any irony in that?). No wonder he talks of 2 Americas, he wrote the book.

  7. 7 stevereenie May 25, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    TT,

    That was a great little video and right to the point that I made about him declaring “So John Edwards can vote for and claim repeatedly that he will be behind the “War on Terror” until the end ….” (above)

  8. 8 Barbara (Xerraire) May 25, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Good on you locating that information of what he has said in the past. I love it when these fakes have to eat their own words!

  9. 9 totaltransformation May 26, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    No problem. It gives me a certain level of joy to see politicians held to their word.

  10. 10 Angel May 27, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Happy Memorial Day my friend!…God bless our troops! 🙂

  11. 11 writerchick May 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Steve,
    Edwards can’t keep track of what lies come out of what side of his mouth, he has his hair to keep up you know – and the work on those teeth must be awfully time consuming too. Give him a break, he is a personal injury trial lawyer after all – who though he is pro abortion, convinced a jury to award beaucoup bucks to a woman because her doctor should have known the child would be born with birth defects – AND he did so by pretending to be the unborn baby.

    Now that kind of creativity requires a lot of focus and work. You can’t expect the man to actually pay attention to the bills and laws he votes for too, can you? Oy… 😉
    WC


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