The only concensus I reached after the first 90-minute presidential debate is that neither George W. Bush or Sen. John Kerry are fit to lead this nation. We have two candidates (no disrespect to Nader) and neither of them deserve my vote. Neither George W. Bush or John Kerry can present a viable exit strategy in Iraq. Neither can pinpoint how we plan to regain respect in the United Nations. Neither left me with the assurance that "hope is on the way."
An important point that stuck out-- there are 10 times more troops in Iraq than in Afghanistan. The direct reason/threat to the United States following 9/11 was Bin Laden. Have we forgotten the facts of 9/11 completely?
Both candidates caused me equal frustration. It is pure stupidity (forgive me Nick Speth for using the stupid word) for John Kerry to say that he was against the war from the get-go. Did he have an out-of-body experience when he voted to use force in Iraq? And it is just as ridiculous for him to explain that he voted for it AND against it. You're digging yourself a hole Mr. Kerry. To give equal attention to my frustrations-- Bush needs to rethink his belief that the PATRIOT Act is "vital" to the war on terror. The PATRIOT Act is being challenged in courts all over this country. How can something so "vital" to the safety of America be so hated by Americans?
I was quite irritated with Kerry bringing up John Kennedy every other comment. What we're in now does not in any way compare to the Cold War. Kerry is no Kennedy and never will be. Also, you don't mention the Cuban Missile Crisis if you are trying to prove you won't go into war alone. Kennedy went against his military advisors, not just the world alliance. How is that any different than what Bush is doing now? The hole is getting deeper Mr. Kerry.
My last serious comment regards the alliance. Kerry is right about one thing-- Great Britian, Australia... oh and Polland, thanks W, are not the ideal alliance. They aren't going to make me sleep any better at night. We need a stronger alliance and one that remains strong, not pulling out when times get tough.
On a much lighter note-- I laughed at their ties! I've obviously got too much time on my hands if I noticed Bush in blue and Kerry in red. Brings up the question again "red or blue which state are you?" Overall I was displeased with the debate. Bush was stumbling for words and Kerry was spouting words that had no foundation in factual information. The highlight for me was Kerry's statement: (reiterating what the terrorism czar had said) "Invading Iraq in response to 9/11 would be like Franklin Roosevelt invading Mexico in response to Pearl Harbor."
I'm looking forward to the vp debate next week. I sure hope Mr. Cheney can keep is obscenities in check as well as his heart. And the presidential debate on domestic policy should be interesting...