Sunday, September 12, 2004

OK, now here's an interesting juxtapostion of strategies

From the Guardian, back in July:

American officials are discussing the possibility of postponing November's presidential election, for the first time in US history, in the event of a devastating terrorist attack, it emerged yesterday...

From the New York Times (by way of truthout), Sept. 11:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday that violence would intensify in Iraq as elections scheduled there for January approach and insurgents try to derail the country's nascent political process. But he and President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said the United States was determined to ensure that voting takes place as planned...

In an interview on Friday, Ms. Rice said the militants had no alternative to offer but violence. "I do not think we are going to see a delay in the election," she said...

So let me make sure I understand this: the Bush cartel is determined to guarantee free and fair elections in a war-torn, insurgent-ridden, Middle East country where they're still losing a couple troops a day (at least) and in which pretty much everyone hates them and wants to kill them. But they were concerned that they couldn't pull off the same thing back home.

Can someone explain this to me? Anyone? Bueller?

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