Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Kerry Campaign In Crises, Reaches For Straws

The AP spins the truth in Kerry's favor and distorts the truth in an attempt to damage the President everyday. (Examples here and here) Today's bit of distortion comes from the President's Today Show interview with Matt Lauer. The Democrats and their media allies are trying to convince the public that George Bush does not believe we can win the war on terror. This is based on this exchange between Lauer and the President:

Lauer: “You said to me a second ago, one of the things you'll lay out in your vision for the next four years is how to go about winning the war on terror. That phrase strikes me a little bit. Do you really think we can win this war on terror in the next four years?”
President Bush: “I have never said we can win it in four years.”
Lauer: “So I’m just saying can we win it? Do you see that?”
President Bush: “I don't think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world –- let's put it that way. I have a two pronged strategy. On the one hand is to find them before they hurt us, and that's necessary. I’m telling you it's necessary. The country must never yield, must never show weakness [and] must continue to lead. To find al-Qaida affiliates who are hiding around the world and … harm us and bring ‘em to justice –- we're doing a good job of it. I mean we are dismantling the al-Qaida as we knew it. The long-term strategy is to spread freedom and liberty, and that's really kind of an interesting debate. You know there's some who say well, ‘You know certain people can't self govern and accept, you know, a former democracy.’ I just strongly disagree with that. I believe that democracy can take hold in parts of the world that are now non-democratic and I think it's necessary in order to defeat the ideologies of hate. History has shown that it can work, that spreading liberty does work. After all, Japan is our close ally and my dad fought against the Japanese. Prime Minister Koizumi, is one of the closest collaborators I have in working to make the world a more peaceful place.”
Lauer: “Your daughters are how old now?”
President Bush: “Twenty-two.”
Lauer: “Twenty-two years old. They’re approaching the age, President Bush, [when] they're going to have their own children. And when their kids are teenagers are they going to those kids – your grandchildren – be reading about al-Qaida in the newspaper every day?”
President Bush: “I know if steadfast, strong and resolute — and I say those words very seriously — it's less likely that your kids are going to live under the threat of al-Qaida for a long period of time. I can't tell you. I don't have any … definite end. But I tell you this, when we succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's the beginning of the end for these extremists. Because freedom is going to have a powerful influence to make sure your kids can grow up in a peaceful world. If we believe, for example, that you can't win, and the alternative is to retreat … I think that would be a disaster for your children. I'll tell you why. If al-Qaida and their ideologues were able to secure a nuclear arsenal, then your children would grow up under the threat of nuclear blackmail. I think you would look back and say, ‘Why did George Bush not hold the line?’ We cannot show weakness in this world today, because the enemy will exploit that weakness. It will embolden them and make the world a more dangerous place.”

Notice that Matt Lauer did not think that the President had declared defeat, as John Edwards said today. Lauer never flinched because he understood the answer based on the context of the question.

Immediately after the conclusion of the speeches tonight the station was accidentally flipped to NBC. Before the TV could be turned off, Tom Brokaw managed to say that despite the speeches tonight, Iraq is in tough shape and, in fact, the President admitted that it was possible we might not win. That is incredible. The speeches had not been over for more than 10 seconds when Brokaw made that statement to Tim Russert. No one trusts NBC and that is why.

This is a non-controversy being spurred by a Kerry Campaign in crises. The Kerry Campaign is looking at all options in an attempt to stop the plummet. RealClearpolitics has a round up of articles (and this commentary) that point to the Kerry Campaign's demise. Hastening that demise are things like the flyer linked by Perry On Politics and this post by Beldar that focuses on the new Swift Boat Veterans ad. (via Instapundit) The Kerry Campaign is in trouble, and like an injured animal they are becoming more and more vicious. If the Kerry Campaign and John Edwards believe they will be able to convince America that George W. Bush does not believe we can win the war, they are also delusional. Their attempt to capitalize on the distortion of the President's statement will look petty and will turn undecided voters away from the Democratic ticket, especially in light of tonight's speeches by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Laura Bush.

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