Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Bush's SOTU Speech

The first third, which covered the war, was everything I had hoped. Here's the nut:

I know that some people question if America is really in a war at all. They view terrorism more as a crime -- a problem to be solved mainly with law enforcement and indictments. After the World Trade Center was first attacked in 1993, some of the guilty were indicted, tried, convicted, and sent to prison. But the matter was not settled. The terrorists were still training and plotting in other nations, and drawing up more ambitious plans. After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States -- and war is what they got.

The second third touted the income tax cut (okay... not bad...) and the rebounding economy (yeah...).

The last third, a cavalcade of feel good domestic programs, was... well... Clinton without the penache or conviction. By the time he got to the danger of steroids, I had switched off. Steroids...? Come on...

However... as long as he demonstrates that he's willing to take the war to Islamo-Fascists, he has my vote. If $1.3 billion to "promote marriage" is the collateral cost, so be it.


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