Is anyone shocked by this? I’m not, but in this case its just the enormity of the issue that is astounding.
Here’s the quote:
KING: Senator, is terrorism a fair campaign issue?
J. EDWARDS: Of course it is. I mean, the American people need to know that their president will keep them safe. I think it’s — I think that there should be — from my perspective, what I’d like to see is a serious debate about the differences — and you and I just talked about some of them — but the differences between what President Bush has done and not done, and the things that John Kerry and I would do, and how that relates to terrorism. Just one example. You know, we believe — John and I believe very strongly that we — while America needs to lead in the world, that strong alliances matter, so that we’re not doing things alone.
Edwards thinks that the Bush Administration has no strong alliances and that we are “doing things alone.”
Imagine my surprise each morning to passing the nine flags out in front of our HQ here on Camp Phoenix. And those are only the nine nations that are part of Task Force Phoenix. Drive up the road a couple of klicks and check out the flags in front of the ISAF (Interanational Security Assistance Force) HQ. Or into Kabul and look at the ones represented at Combined Forces Command HQ.
Is Edwards not aware that the GCTF (Global Counter Terrorism Force) is the largest coalition in history?
Here on Camp Phoenix I ran into a Lithuanian the other day. That was a surprise. There are only something like 20 of them in Afghanistan.
Every day I work with Romanians, Bulgarians, Mongolians, Brits and (gasp) French troops. There are Germans, Canadians and Australians in other parts of the Task Force, but I don’t see them often. I think they’d be surprised to learn that this is a unilateral US action. I know I would.
Travel the roads around here and you can’t help but notice the Sweedes, Danes, Norwegians, Croatians, Greeks and Italians (in addition to the nationalities already mentioned) driving up and down the road. These people are all allied with us in this fight and in rebuilding this country.
Let’s go back to King’s question: Is terrorism a fair campaign issue? My answer: Damn straight. But minimizing the involvement, effectiveness, support and contributions of our allies is a far greater snub to them than any go-it-alone approach that President Bush is wrongly characterized as having taken.