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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Democratic Talking Points 9/20/04

>>> Elizabeth Allen 9/20/2004 9:15:10 AM >>>
Kerry Letter Writers Network:

For those of you interested in writing further about Iraq, I have included the latest talking points. When you write, please try to keep our audience in mind - the undecided voter - who will be more convinved by solid reasoning than emotional outbursts. We need to reach out to open minded people to demonstrate not only why George Bush is WRONG, but now we must emphasize why John Kerry is RIGHT to lead this country.

Also, this week in Missouri, a new group called Moms with a Mission will be launching a nationwide Home Front Tour. These Moms are women with children serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan who plan to tell the American people the truth about what going on over there, and what military families are facing back home.

They will be in Springfield and Joplin on Tuesday and Hannibal on Wednesday before moving on to Iowa. Please support them if they come to your hometown.

Thanks, and keep writing. Your letters are working! Elizabeth

Talking Points on Iraq
September 20, 2004

The question for this campaign, and for the American people, is whether George Bush has handled Iraq in a way that has made us stronger or weaker, safer or less secure.
George Bush took us to war, and as Commander-in-Chief he is solely responsible for where we are today.
George Bush tells us that if he had it all to do again, he would do it the same way. Think about what he’s saying. He still would have rushed to war without letting the weapons inspectors finish their work. He would have still sent our troops into battle without enough body armor. He would have rushed our country into war without any notion of how to win the peace. He would have still set the conditions for what happened at Abu Ghraib.
Not only is this incompetent and arrogant, it’s dangerous and serves as a clear warning for what George Bush may do in the future.
· The President is not being honest with the American people or about what’s going on in Iraq. And our Commander-in-Chief is not being honest with our troops. The administration’s own official intelligence estimate paints a grim picture for what may happen in Iraq. Yet the President continues to look at what’s happening in Iraq through rose colored glasses.
Some of the Republican Party’s most experienced senators on national security issues – Senators McCain, Hagel and Lugar – have come out and told the American people that things are not going well in Iraq. Yet the President continues his same happy talk without acknowledging the truth.
Real leadership means being able to change course in order to avoid failure and best protect the American people. Yet, Bush stubbornly clings to a failed course.
This President’s failure to level with us before the war has been matched and exceeded by fundamental errors of judgment during and after the war. He made colossal failures of judgment.
Because of the way President Bush has handled Iraq, he’s taken his eye off of more urgent dangers – the nuclear threats have increased – look at Iran and North Korea; the international terrorist club has expanded; radicalism in the Middle East is on the march; and we have divided our friends and united our enemies. Our standing in the world is at an all time low.
Consider where we were, and where we are. After the events of September 11, we had an opportunity to bring our country and the world together in the struggle against the terrorists. Through his policy in Iraq, the President squandered that moment and isolated us from the world.
John Kerry believes that despite all that has gone wrong, we can still avoid failure in Iraq. Like McCain, Hagel and Lugar, he believes that Bush has to level with the troops and the American people about the war and the enemies we are fighting.
John Kerry has a plan to get us back on track in Iraq. Today he called on President Bush to take the following steps in Iraq. First, the president must finally secure promised international support. The President must also get serious about training Iraqi security forces and get this moving. Third, the President must carry out a reconstruction plan that brings benefits to the Iraqi people. And finally, the President must take essential steps to hold promised elections next year.
The truth is that the President Bush has no strategy for success in Iraq. He has not told the truth to the American people about why we went to war and how the war is going. His leadership has made us less secure and weaker in the war against terrorism.
John Kerry knows that we have to do better to avoid failure. He knows that we have to change the direction of our country. And when he is in the White House, that’s exactly what he will do.


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