The new flavor of the moment for the nutroots crowd, former North Carolina senator John Edwards, Democrat candidate for president, showed today why he is not ready for prime time by fully declaring that there is no War Against Terror.
In a speech today before the Council On Foreign Relations, Mr. Edwards said that the War Against Terror is a "bumper sticker slogan" that President Bush had to use to justify everything from abuses at Abu Grahib prison to the invasion of Iraq http://breitbart.com.
Of course, then Sen. Edwards voted for the "invasion" of Iraq and once it became unpopular, he became a leading voice in saying that he made a mistake in voting for the "invasion" in the first place.
Among other tidbits, Mr. Edwards said that he would create a "national security budget" that would be under one umbrella and include the Homeland Security, Energy and the Pentagon. Hmm, does that mean he would create more of a mess by combining the Homeland Security, Energy and Defense departments? We have seen what a wonderful job the Homeland Security department has done.
Of course he offered the same pablum that is standard fare for the Democrats these days saying that President Bush walked in to the terrorist's trap and has embarked on a war on Islam and that he would restore the United States "moral leadership" in the world.
Wow! So, according to Mr. Edwards, we do not have "moral leadership" because he and his left wing pals do not like the fact that the United States under President Bush HAS exhibited moral leadership by fighting back, not against the whole of Islam, but those who pervert it like Osama bin-Laden and his ilk. "Moral leadership" of the Edwards model is cowardice and truly playing into the hands of the enemy. If there was little or no response to the attacks of 9/11, no country would trust the United States if it could not stand up for itself.
What Mr. Edwards is saying is what the American left has been saying since shortly after 9/11. That there is no war against radical, not all, Islam and that we may have brought on the attacks ourselves. By saying there is no war, we just pull out the troops from Iraq, and eventually Afghanistan and go back to the days of the Clinton administration which buried it's head in the sand when attack after attack occurred starting with the 1993 World Trade Center attack and ending the Clinton years with the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. There was no response and the Clinton crowd took the "law enforcement" approach and the one time they tried a bombing to get bin-Laden, they bombed an aspirin factory in the Sudan.
Hence, Mr. Edwards is exactly the kind of unserious man we do not need in this very serious time in not just American but world history. We can not go back to our collective heads in the sand when it comes to fighting the radical Jihadists. We have to take the fight to them and always be a step ahead in their nefarious plans. Remember, all it takes is one mistake for a successful terror attack that may include biological, chemical or even nuclear weapons.
I am sure there are serious Democrats in the field, like maybe New Mexico governor Bill Richardson who maybe their best candidate, but because they are so beholden to their left wing, they will marvel at the words of a vacant mind named John Edwards.