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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)

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Elliott Denniston Letter 10/06/04

Dear Editor,

In the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night, John Edwards came out swinging; his weapon was the record of the Bush administration. He argued clearly and passionately that Mr. Cheney has been proven wrong by many sources, including those of his own administration, when he tries to make the case that there is a connection between Saddam Hussein and 9-11. He argued that the administration has seriously bungled the Iraq war in many ways--for example, by not providing body armor for our soldiers and by attempting to cut their combat pay! Mr. Cheney squirmed, laughed nervously, and came back at Mr. Edwards vehemently, but not with quite the assurance we used to see from him.

Like Mr. Bush in the first debate, Mr. Cheney appears not to know how to deal with someone who is not a "yes" man. After four years of near absolute power in which they have not wanted to hear a view that differs from their own, the President and Vice-President cannot handle someone who confronts them with their faults.


Elliott Denniston
Webb City, MO


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