George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will offer fresh,
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military campaigns,
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will always
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
TUESDAY, August 31, 2004
Here are some more really big questions facing our national leaders.
Global terrorism and home-land security must remain Number 1 on our
agenda. But we would appreciate hearing from our would-be leaders
about all the number 2's out there...and soon.
The over 40 million people in this country who are reportedly without
health insurance. Much too big a number. But wait:
an editorial in the WSJ on Friday, Aug. 27 provides relevant facts and
insight into that problem (Opinion, pA12). Once again, it is not
a refractory problem...but recalcitrant problem solvers. And for
those individuals trapped in an undesireable job just in order to keep
their health insurance, finally they can consider the excellent and portable
HSA's...which had to overcome twenty years of obstruction from the insurance
industry and their representatives to be allowed.
The Poor in America, reportedly over 30 million below the poverty
line (eg. earning less than $18,000. for a family of four. A terrible
statistic for the richest country in the world. But wait:
more facts in another editorial, same newspaper, same day. As the
saying goes: "figures lie, and liars figure". And the most important
point that this editorial makes relates to...
The crisis in public education, exemplified by just one of many
deplorable facts that can be marshalled on this subject: "...the disaster
represented by 50% dropout rates in America's inner-city public high schools".
(See also the Category under The Involved Citizen on this web site entitled
"Public Education Politics").
That great sucking sound...job loss in America. Globalism
is here to stay. So where are the grand plans to re-train
the many working people in America whose old jobs will never return, ans
whose skills have become no longer needed?
MONDAY, August 30, 2004
For a change, let's list some really big questions facing our
national leaders, whoever they may be come January. These have all
been topics of lead articles of late:
When are our would-be leaders going to talk seriously about these
problems, rather than fighting incessantly over a war that we lost over
30 years ago? "Enough, already".
Is the use and abuse of the McCain-Feingold election reform Act
a real threat to our right of Freedom of Speech? (George Will, Newsweek,
August 16, 2004, p72). I'm in favor of any method that reduces the
currently great advantage of incumbents over challengers.
The five-year drought in the West. ("Why the West is Burning.
A five-year drought has parched soils, lowered reservoirs and weakened
forests. And if the past is any guide, the dry spell could go on
for decades.", Time, August 16, 2004, p46). Is anybody thinking
of a massive Federal project to transfer excess water from the East and
Mid-West to the West?
"The End Of Cheap Oil", Nat'l Geographic, June 2004.
As noted earlier in this section, some experts predict that the world supply
of oil will begin to decline - permanently - within two or three years.
What are we waiting for to make a real conversion to other energy sources?
"Global Warming", Nat'l Geographic, September, 2004.
Must this country, still adolescent in its approach to problems, wait for
a catastrophe before acting sensibly?
SUNDAY, August 29, 2004
"THERE'S A FUNGUS AMONG US!" Please
check the "Health Alerts" category
on this web site for important information for home owners and home builders.
It's no joke.
SAY IT ISN'T SO! Most of us never did forgive Israel for the
Pollard spy episode of the 1970's. (We don't talk any longer about
the American ship episode during the 1967 war). Now comes another
spying allegation, promptly denied by the Sharon government.
We know that it must be be very hard to live for decades in a war zone.
And Israel should know who her friends are - and treat them accordingly.
It was encouraging to read about the new rules of engagement that
our forces in Najef have been using: if any hostile fire comes from a building,
the entire building is destroyed. After the death of more than
900 soldiers in Iraq through often treacherous means...NO MORE MR. NICE
Two articles in The Day yesterday discuss the gold medal achievement
of Paul Hamm at the Olympics. In any sport where subjective scoring
is involved, an inevitable part of the outcome is the subjectivity - including
human error (to say nothing of bias and corruption). Everybody recognizes
and lives with that. Or almost everybody. Chuck Potter...you're
wrong (The Day, Region, Section B1). International Gymnastics
Federation...you're hypocrites (The Day, Sports pD5). U.S.
Olympic Committee...you've got it just right (ibid).
IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL. And yesterday we read in The Day that "NL
students to be greeted with T-shirts, calendars, tokens, interviews"
(Back To School, Section E1). Good. And how about A LITTLE
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, August 27 and
Iraq. President Bush's admission, during a NYTimes interview
yesterday, that he had made a "miscalculation of what the conditions would
be" in post-war Iraq, is obvious, short and sweet. How many other
politicians would have made such a statement so concisely? The rest
of the interview is also worth reading to put the matter in context.
Meanwhile, when are we going to get a similar statement from Donald
Rumsfeld regarding his use of too few troops for the Iraq effort?
But if all we get is a prompt realignment of our troops world-wide - as
recently promised - to enable adequate troop commitment to future hot spots,
coupled by the explanation by Condolezza Rice that appears in today's The
Day (Commentary, pA11), I'll be satisfied. Meanwhile, the news from
Iraq is good today.
Venezuela. What's going on there? Two articles, on August
19 and 20, in the WSJ raise serious questions regarding the legitimacy
of the recent vote in that troubled country, notwithstanding the support
given to it by Jimmy Carter's group and by our own State Department.
Is another Cuba being born, with us as mid-wives??
Kerry, "Swift-Boat Veterans", McCain, Bush, "527's". Anyone
who doesn't know what I'm talking about hasn't been paying attention.
The article by Cal Thomas in today's The Day (Commentary, pA11) is assigned
homework. A hint: "Democrats can't credibly complain of a bloody
nose when they threw the first punch".
The Republican National Convention is about to begin. There
will be no surprises in the substance of the Platform...nor should there
be. Equivocation and vacillation are left to the Democrats.
However, the tone will and should be moderate, if only to reflect the
reality of politics in America today: the country is substantially divided,
and compromise is the fact of life. In such a circumstance -
in America - there should be no place for anyone "hating" anybody.
And there should be no place for viciously denegrating elected leaders.
Those who do those things were well represented yesterday by the "protesters"
who ran through the streets of New York City in the nude. They thereby
showed off that part of their anatomy that gives rise to two common descriptors
for such people. (The rest is up to your imagination).
THURSDAY , August 26, 2004
Did you hear the one about...
Health Savings Accounts (HSA's), the best new health insurance product
in many years, is still being resisted and undercut by the Insurance Industry
and its minions in Washington. The provision in many such plans that
requires that all unused moneys be returned and lost at year's end needs
to be repealed. Call your Congressmen and Senators.
Obesity. No good news. Besides promoting diabetes mellitis
and hypertension, it is reported to pre-dispose to eight different types
of cancer. Stay tuned on this web site very soon for a new initiative
on this subject: The Mediterranean Diet and Life-style.
The Senator from France and Germany is criticizing President Bush's
planned troop realignment. Besides 150,000 troops in Afganistan and
Iraq, we have 100,000 in Europe and 100,000 in Asia, all part of a years'
long "forward defense-expeditionary force" military policy that we have
established. "Pre-emptive Self-Defense" has merely been the implementation
of that policy after 9/11. Where has the Senator been all this time?
What is planned is to make optimum use of those forces to support the underlying
World Oil Production may already have peaked - forever, according
to experts like Kenneth DeFays and T. Boone Pickens. Since 40% of
the world's economy and 90% of its transportation industry depends directly
on the supply of oil, the world had better start planning for a change
in that foundation ASAP. Could we possibly solve that problem
and the global warming problem at the same time?
Talk about ingrates. The Iraq soccer team members are protesting
President Bush's observation that there is a connection between their ability
to compete in Athens without fear of repirsals...and the sacrifice of over
800 Americans and billions of dollars in their behalf. Well, maybe
the Iraqi people will earn their democracy - and maybe not.
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, August 24
and 25, 2004
The following requires no comment:
Did you see the Denzel Washington interview with Katie Couric
on NBC last Friday morning (13 August 2004)?
MONDAY, August 23, 2004
Not many people are talking about it. They are wishing it would
go away and are trying to sweep it under the rug.
Meryl Streep and Denzel were on the today show "live" with Katie Couric
to talk about the movie "Manchurian Candidate."
At one point Katie asked Denzel, "have you seen Fahrenheit 9/11?" To
which Denzel replied, "No, and I have no intentions on seeing it."
Katie and Meryl were "so noticeably" taken aback. It was so cool!
Then, a discourse (or more preferably, a fight!) began between all three
of them with Denzel being barraged with all kinds of anti-Bush, anti-republican
comments, but "the man stood his ground" and soon enraged the women so
much that they couldn't get a word in edgewise. Meryl Streep turned blood
red and she sat with her legs crossed and her one leg shaking up and down,
Then Katie uttered the words that put the final nail in her coffin,
she said to Denzel "you see, that's the problem I have with "you people."
She of course did not get to finish her sentence because Denzel pounced
on her verbally by responding "YOU PEOPLE! YOU PEOPLE! Just what do you
mean you people! Do you mean "You People" as in me as a Christian, or do
you mean "You People" as in me as a REPUBLICAN?
She then tap danced her way through the next minute of the show.
But Denzel went out fighting and declaring that Fahrenheit 9/11 is nothing
but propaganda and lies distorted to support a cynical democratic film
There's a celebrity that de serves to wear the uniform in movies and
I don't mind at all.
A recent interview on National Public Radio regarding the future
of democracy in Iraq was refreshing...in that the person being interviewed
actually knew what he was talking about. Retired Colonel Patrick
Lang is the former Chief of Middle East Intelligence for the Defense Intelligence
Agency. In contrast to so many members of the liberal media and also
the public (the "Anybody but Bush" crowd) who wring their hands (and hope
for the worst?) over the wreckage-strewn efforts toward that end, Col.
Lang expressed the insight that everything is going according to standard
Middle East practice. That is, the many factions always present
are talking, lying, maneuvering, fighting and dying to obtain their maximum
piece of the power pie. The role of the U.S. in such a contest is
to gradually compress the field of battle so as to focus attention to the
point where negotiation or death are the only options. This is what
is being done, actually and figuratively, in Iraq and in Afganistan.
It's not pretty; but it's the right game plan...and it is going according
to plan for that strange part of the world.
SUNDAY, August 22, 2004
A very busy news cycle...and not much of it good.
More from "The Banana Republic of U.S.A." Four years after
the experience of the "hanging chads" and the myopic efforts of that famous
Florida Judge who won it for "W", we have the prospect of more of the same,
and computerized machines that can be hacked and that are without paper
backup. On top of that, today's New York Daily News reports that
over 46,000 voters are registered in both N.Y.C. and in Florida, and that
over 4,000 of them have already requested absentee ballots...to allow them
to vote twice (p4). What in the name of "democracy" is going on
Meanwhile, Laura Bush is George W. Bush's secret weapon.
What's this about Army M.D.'s in Iraq? When I served in the
Army Medical Corps in Germany, I had to uphold medical ethics when
faced personally with an inappropriate question from General Creighton
Abrams regarding his tank commander and my patient. But then, I actually
took the Oath of Hippocrates.
McCain-Feingold Law is a worthy but very imperfect effort to bring
some sanity to political fund-raising. In addition, beware dilution
of the Right of Free Speech, the most important freedom we have as Americans.
That law needs to be re-visited, and soon.
Yes, Ohio and many other areas in America have lost jobs - probably
permanently - to globalization. But the refrain here should be RETRAIN!
And the Federal Government should appriach that task just as FDR approached
the Great Depression, with programs like the WPA and CCC.
Talk about "refrain". As discussed on a few occasions in this section,
and other software manufacturers should be sued under Class Action in Product
Liability for a product which is "defective, unreasonably dangerous".
As reported recently by Walter S. Mossberg in the WSJ (Thursday, August
19, 2004, Marketplace, pB1): "Microsoft has paid so little attention
to security over the years that consumers who use Windows have been forced
to spend more and more of their time and money fending off viruses, hackers,
spyware and spam". And now we read that "Spammers, virus writers
might be working in cahoots" (by David Sheets, in The Day today, Business,
pF6). Where are all the trial lawyers when we need them? Or
are they all doing the easy work, chasing ambulances?
The Bush administration may be falling into the same trap, which
it escaped early on, in Israel as the prior administration did regarding
Taiwan: intentional ambiguity. It was dangerous in the Taiwan
issue, until replaced with clear messages to all concerned. It is
even more dangerous in Israel and the Middle East. No way should
we be condoning more Jewish settlements in either Gaza or on the West Bank
- even if it is an election year. President Bush, follow your
gut here, not the emanations from your pollsters and from Foggy Bottom.
SATURDAY, August 21, 2004
"Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here
is my answer: Bring it on". In the same article reporting this
quote is the reminder that "in a campaign shadowed by the war on terrorism
and in Iraq, Kerry's valorous combat experience is a cornerstone of his
campaign." (The Day, Friday, August 20, 2004, Nation, p A4).
I have stated my view, in an earlier offering in this section, about exercises
in parsing Armed Forces duty like a sixth grade English sentence.
Those of us who served, whenever and wherever, answered the call and took
our chances. It is John Kerry who put his service so prominently
into contention. Now we are not looking for a "debate", but just
for the facts. Any problem with that, Senator?
Lord, save us from the "Holy Men"! Whether it is the Catholic
clergy of recent notoriety or the more recently reported insistence on
a wheat Holy Communion wafer for a child with Celiac Disease (this
relating to the Great Healer); or the Muslim clerics of Iraq and
elsewhere in the Middle East - who place everything secondary to their
quest for political power; or the rabbis of Israel who insist on crafting
a Theocracy from the only true democracy in that part of the world..with
designs on the Israel of the Bible, regardless of the legitimate
claims of other peoples; we non-clergy types would do well to "render
to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are
Now some comments on issues of local (New London, Ct.) interest.
1) The coming referendum on the city's tax ordinance would not
be necessary if the processes for reporting understandably the city's income
and liabilities were more transparent...and if the City Council were more
demanding of the City Manager - their employee - with regard to facts and
explanations. The current state of affairs, and the current lack
of effective oversight by this City Council (as contrasted with the one
of which I was a member, 1975-77) does raise serious questions regarding
whether we should consider conversion to a strong mayoral form of government.
need more accountability. 2) The Day's editorial yesterday
("An Obligation To Speak Up", Opinion, pA8) has it right on all
counts addressed. However, according to dependable sources, two central
issues were not highlighted pertaining to the pedestrian bridge
under consideration. The "right of authorship" is at work here, with
the City Administration resistant to any changes in a plan in which
they are personally heavily invested. Furthermore,
invested over $1 Million in the current plans, mainly to insure that Amtrak
passengers would benefit substantially from the construction. Neither
of these heavy hitters (the former just by being passive-aggressive) is
going to go away; both will have to be soothed. Who is taking
the lead here?!
FRIDAY, August 20, 2004
There are two main themes underlying this Presidential election.
One comes from the "Anybody but Bush" crowd. Folks, now do you really
mean "anybody"? The second pits those of us who stand for
"America First"...to be distinguished from "Fortress America"...against
the "internationalists", the "multilateralists", the "globalists" about
whom I have commented recently in this section. The projection of
American strength and of single-minded purpose are producing results around
Contrast this with the impotence and negligence of that great world body,
the United Nations, with regard to the continuing disaster in and around
Darfur, Sudan. What a shame...again and again and again.
In North Korea, where a dangerous regime is now surrounded by like-minded
opponents regarding their nuclear capabilities (China and Russia).
See the article by James Baker lll in the WSJ, August 16, pA12;
In Afganistan, where free elections will soon be held...really;
In Iraq, where free elections will soon be held...really;
In Saudi Arabia, which is finally cooperating (see WSJ August 6, pA12);
In Russia, whose critical role in world oil supplies is producing more
responsible and responsive government, at least vis a vis America;
In the "new" European Union, more democratic and capitalistic than the
"old Europe of France and Germany (see WSJ August 16, pA12).
MONDAY through THURSDAY, August
16 through 19, 2004
It is getting harder and harder to keep up with the nonsense, hypocracy
and cynicism belching forth from John Kerry...but I'll keep
KERRY FOR PRESIDENT...OF FRANCE
So the recent alarms and the change in terror alert were all "politically
motivated". Enter the recent arrests in England and related new
intelligence discoveries. Where do we go to read the apologies?
Kerry won't put nuclear wastes in Yucca Mountain (WSJ August 3,
pA11). Then where will he put them...or will he keep them in our
back yards - literally.
Kerry wants to make sure that no one gets more out of Social Security
than he or she contributed into the plan. That would mean a reduction
in SS payments of over 80% for retired persons who contributed all their
lives. Is that what you mean to do, Senator? (WSJ August 17, pA18).
Kerry is against the recently announced troop re-allignments world-wide
over the next few years. That bumper sticker has it just right:
SUNDAY, August 15, 2004
A lot of issues for today. Some of these, as has been the case
throughout this section, relate to local problems involving New London,
CT, often as reported in The
In The Day today (section A4) we read that President Bush has decided
to bring home over 70,000 American troops and 100,000 families and support
personel from overseas, mostly from Europe. At long last!
New London county has become home to the most successful casinos in the
world. Now we have to figure out whether the Utopia proposal
for the former Norwich Hospital grounds is a royal flush or a pair of twos.
Why citizens get cynical about their government: a contractor running
a one hundred million dollar construction project could only be fined a
of $14,000. after his negligence was found to have caused the collapse
of a crane with loss of life. There's a lot good with this country...and
a lot that needs serious work.
Another article about the "Skull and Bones Society" of Yale University,
of which both President Bush and Senator Kerry are members. Such
organizations as this have elite members who reportedly aspire to - or
who indeed - run the world. Nothing wrong with that...as long that
they do it through the democratic process. Then there are those "multilateralists"
who love extra-national organizations.They wouldn't be caught dead
on a ballot, but they want to establish a parallel world government - with
them in charge; like Dr. No of "007" fame. Watch out for them among
An article in The Day today (section C1) investigates "The Politics
of Hatred" (by Gary Alan Fine, The Washington Post). It is
worth reading, especially by "Bush haters". Get a grip, folks.
But in addition to the psychology of the phenomenon, there is the reality.
you tell a person a lie, you irritate him. If you tell him the truth,
you infuriate him.
Governor Jim McGreevey is getting an awful lot of press in recent
days. But his self-inflicted problems have nothing to do with his
declaration: "I am a gay American". So? Now tell us why you really
are resigning the governorship. We'll find out soon enough.
Various commentators, including the editors of The Day today, bemoan the
selection of Porter Goss as the new Director of the CIA as being
"partisan". By most accounts, the man is highly qualified; and he
is a reformer...just what the organization needs at this time. Besides,
show me - especially this year - a person who is "non-partisan" and I will
show you a liar.
Stem cell research: this year's code word for "abortion", the intentional
taking of a human life. Of course, the New York Times has weighed
in on the predictable side of the debate (today, Editorials/letters, wk
p10). It's easy when you don't have a moral compass and ignore clear
scientific fact for expediency. As noted in yesterday's offering
in this section, there is a viable compromise offered by this observer.
Does anyone want to solve the problem...or just keep it as another divisive
issue this year?
MONDAY through SATURDAY, August
9 through 14, 2004
Too long an interval...but it was family time again.
Some recent reflections on the Kerry campaign: 1) On Iraq, on questioning
his views, he said "this is a goal, not a plan". That puts
him in the same category as the rest of us; 2) All of his plans in foreign
affairs are founded on his complete reliance on the good will and cooperation
of foreign countries. Given the history of this country, both recent
and remote, that is a foolish position; 3) As coined by the Bush
camp, Senator Kerry continues to serve up "new nuances". We're
at war, Senator. Where's the black and white? 4) This supposed
Catholic who is supposedly "personally opposed to abortion"...but
who nevertheless voted against the partial birth abortion ban, dismisses
opposition to stem cell harvesting from living human embryos as
"placing ideology over science". How disingenuous is that!
There are thousands of people in this country waiting for organ transplants.
Perhaps we should pass a law mandating the donation of organs by randomly
selected citizens to fill the need. Or then again, we could be rational
and helpful and allow the use of unused living products of infertility
treatments forever doomed to a nitrogen bath. That would be consistent
with both morality and science, and would even be a "nuance". Senator
Kerry, I continue to be "underwhelmed".
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, August 7 and
Another busy news cycle.
We read that home schooling, now acknowledged as very effective,
continues to be blocked directly and indirectly by the Education Establishment.
Those are the people that have given us: "mainstreaming" of all students,
regardless of ability...or disability; "value neutral" environment; emphasis
on "self-image", even without its having been earned; freedom from,
rather than of religion: prohibition of choice of schools for parents;
inability and/or unwillingness to establish a disciplined environment in
which to learn; etc, etc. And all the while they were doing raw experimentation
on humans in the form of "new Math", "new" reading methods.... American
can learn from our Latin American neighbors, some of whom have declared
their education system to be "in crisis", at least one of which (the Dominican
Republic) having entered into a cooperative relationship with Catholic
schools, which know how to teach and to get results.
On the infrequent occasions when we hear or read of any good news coming
from Iraq, you can hear and see the grimacing by the liberal reporters.
Now we start to read of "concerns" that the interim Prime Minister, Dr.
Alawi, may be acting too autocratically, this in new nation in crisis.
Where do these idiots come from?
Regarding the relationship between the United States and some other countries,
we read in various articles "Why do they hate us"? The short
answer is "Who cares"? The longer answer is not much more
complicated, whether regarding "Old Europe" or the despotic Middle East
regimes and their goons. Ultimately, he who knows human nature can
predict the future.
Rights and Responsibilities. Individual and Societal Needs.
Yet another focus for these questions, besides the issue of personal privacy
vs. homeland security, appears in today's The Day (Perspective, pC3) entitled
Drivers: The New Witch Hunt?", by Radley Balko. Alcohol is an
addictive drug responsible for most of the over 50,000 automobile deaths
yearly in this country. It is also a poison for the brain, the heart
and the liver. People who want to kill themselves can do so in private.
But stay off the roads that my family and I travel...or go to jail for
a long time.
"Wha'd he say?!" The more I hear the intonations of Senator
Kerry on every subject, the more I think that I must have come down
with a form of selective aphasia. This politico's campaign fare is
worse than Chinese food: it satisfies you for an instant - until you clear
your plate. What an art!
THURSDAY and FRIDAY, August 5 and
About now, many Democrats must be starting to reconsider the folly
of their mantra "Anybody But Bush". Considering the choice they
are stuck with, "anybody" was much too broad a category. John Kerry's
latest attack on the earliest response of President Bush to the news of
the 9/11 attacks is "over the top" and reveals his lack of judgment.
Stay tuned. More evidence is coming.
When is a church, a synagogue, or a mosque desecrated by its own members?
When it is converted into a fort or a hiding place for active combatants.
In recent days we have seen more evidence of that in Iraq and in Albany,
N.Y. In such cases, it becomes merely a legitimate target, at least
for national Iraqi forces over there.
Good news - bad news. When national TV news shows have nothing
else to report, ad nauseam, than murders and rapes, we know that there
is either no bad news or rather good news coming out of Iraq. Forget
about hearing any good news from there being reported by the left-leaning
media. But fear not! If it's facts you want, go no further
than the daily Wall Street Journal. Some recent examples: Want
to know about Europe's vote for our President ("Europe's Choice")
or the Democrats "Rush to Czardom" immediately following the 9/11
Commission's massive report, or another real danger - besides al Qaeda
- to this country ("Hijacked by the 'Privocrats'"), or a forthcoming book
by a psychologist and political scientist on the choice between Kerry and
Bush ("Voter's Choice: Slow Down or Speed Up"), just read the Opinion
sections of the WSJ on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. And so
it is daily. No reason to depend on 30 second sound bites or top-like
spins or selective news reporting. And no reason for ignorance.
Folks, our world is just a little too dangerous for ignorance. Remember
that on Election Day.
SUNDAY through WEDNESDAY, August
1 through 4, 2004
There is developing a note of hysteria, not to mention irresponsibility,
in the messages John Kerry and his Democrats have been sending this
week: the President, that liar who "mis-led us into war", is now allegedly
playing crass politics with intelligence regarding another terrorist attack
on our homeland. We don't need "Code Orange"; but we do need to adopt
immediately all the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission...before most
legislators including Senator Kerry have had a chance to read them in toto.
Such actions are not only divisive with regard to the conduct of this war;
they are corrosive and subversive regarding the necessary level of trust
citizens need to have in their leaders at such times of crisis.
These are voices of desperation. Meanwhile, President Bush leads
with a steady hand, supported by both diplomatic and military teams, as
the news from both Afganistan and Iraq show more and more that the indiginous
populations have gotten the idea: they must fight for their own freedom
and democracy. Senator Kerry, you are just not ready for prime