DES MOINES, Iowa -- Vice President Dick Cheney says the United States will risk another terrorist attack if voters make the wrong choice on Election Day, suggesting Sen. John Kerry would follow a pre-Sept. 11 policy of reacting defensively.
"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States," Cheney told supporters at a town-hall meeting Tuesday.
Democrats reacted quickly.
"Dick Cheney's scare tactics crossed the line today, showing once again that he and George Bush will do anything and say anything to save their jobs," said a statement issued by vice presidential candidate John Edwards.
"Protecting America from vicious terrorists is not a Democratic or Republican issue and Dick Cheney and George Bush should know that. John Kerry and I will keep America safe, and we will not divide the American people to do it."
If Kerry were elected president, Cheney said the nation would risk falling back into a "pre-9/11 mind-set" that terrorist attacks are criminal acts that require a reactive approach. Instead, he said Bush's offensive approach works to root out terrorists where they plan and train, and pressure countries that harbor terrorists.
Friends, Americans, Countrymen. What further evidence is required to convince reasonable people that Bush/Cheney have gone off the rails? Can I remind the esteemed Vice President of the Halliburton States that 9/11 occurred when HE and GEORGE W. BUSH were at the helm?!!! After having received the now-famous memo from August 2001 read by Condi at the 9/11 Commission entitled, "Bin Ladin Determined To Attack Within United States," and doing nothing but heading to Texas to golf, we are supposed to believe that we are safe in the hands of Geo Bush??!! Hellooooooooooo?! These guys were asleep at the switch! And now we have to entrust them to save us from another attack just like they did in September 2001? Not freakin' likely, kids.
If you read the 9/11 Commission report, it will curl your hair. George Tenet told Condi Rice in July and August of 2001 that, QUOTE: "the sytem is blinking red" and that an attack was imminent. And so GWB went to Texas, the FAA was given some kind of minor warning about maybe something happening, the government didn't connect any dots between known terrorists entering and re-entering the US over the course of that summer, airline security didn't stop 19 foreign men from carrying knives onto airplanes in the multiple trial-run airline trips they took...shall I continue???
The Bush Administration did not give a rat's a** about protecting American lives before 9/11. Otherwise, John Ashcroft would not have told Richard Clarke that he "didn't want to hear any more about" potential terrorist attacks. The President would not have ignored his Daily Briefing as titled above. And he would not have started a war in Iraq when all the evidence points to Iran and Saudi Arabia's complicity (or at the very least, turning a blind eye) in the attack, which has now claimed upwards of 1,000 American lives and has not made Americans safer.
Short Story Long: If you buy Dick Cheney's blatant attempt to scare you, then you deserve the leaders you get. And that would be fine, except that the rest of us will have to live under this regime with you.