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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)

Saturday, October 09, 2004

William Kumbier Globe Letter 10/09/04

Dear Editor,

At the close of last night’s St. Louis debate, President Bush was asked to name three mistakes he had made during his administration. As one who feels strongly, along with John Kerry and many Americans, that there is no shortage of mistakes the president could have mentioned—an increasingly horrific, unnecessary war, self-serving tax cuts for the wealthy, and failure seriously to confront America’s health care crisis, for starters—I was surprised to hear the president hesitate and fumble to name any mistakes at all. Personally, I rarely get through an hour, let alone four years, without making mistakes I can all too readily identify. The fact that President Bush could not do that and instead looped back into his customary self-righteousness is, for me, added confirmation that he is both too arrogant and too unreflective to continue as president.


William Kumbier


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