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Over and over, Democrats say the President is waging a campaign of fear. Maybe he is, but in what way is Kerry not waging a campaign of fear? His primary message for nearly a year now has been that Bush has made us less safe. Kerry says it every chance he gets.

I seriously don't get this at all.

And not to belabor the point, but jeez, Kerry just keeps lying over and over, mostly about the war, just so he can scare people. He's hammering hard on some idea that Bush mishandled Tora Bora, saying Bin Laden is still at large because we didn't send our troops in and "outsourced" the job to Afghan fighters.

But in December 2001, he said the Tora Bora operation "is having its impact, and it is the best way to protect our troops and sort of minimalize the proximity, if you will. I think we have been doing this pretty effectively, and we should continue to do it that way," and said, "I think our guys are doing a superb job.  I think they've been smart.  I think the administration leadership has done it well.  We're on the right track."

Of course, Kerry's real message is clear: if Bush had done what Kerry now says he should have done, Kerry would be attacking Bush for putting our troops in harm's way instead of relying on the more knowledgable Afghan troops, not "minimalizing" the risk to our troops.

That is, the real message is that anything Bush does is wrong, because Bush does it. And how anyone thinks this message equates to "real leadership" is beyond my understanding. slashdot.org

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