Daily Wisdom

July 03, 2007

It’s Not Just Sticker Shock:
Edwards Goes AWOL On Terror War

Cartoon Courtesy of Gary Varvel
Indianapolis Star

Story By Michael Graham
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
The Boston Herald

The 'war on terror' is a bumper sticker and a political slogan, that's all it is. That’s all it's ever been.
--Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, June 2007

When you're slogging through the security line at Logan (Airport) this summer, the heady scent of strangers' feet wafting about you, try to remember what those cheerful TSA professionals are really looking for... Bumper stickers.

In Scotland, flames billowed from the Glasgow airport after two men plowed their "bumper sticker" into the terminal. In London, two more "bumper stickers" were parked outside nightclubs but, fortunately, failed to detonate. In Yemen, a suicide bomber... er, "sloganeer" blew himself up at the site of an ancient temple, killing eight. In Thailand, police arrested 50 Muslim men found with (ahem) "bumper sticker" making materials in a region where thousands of non-Muslims have been murdered.

Meanwhile, Iranian terror sponsors are using Lebanese Hezbollah to kill U.S. soldiers hunting al-Qaeda in Iraq. All this news from just one weekend. And Edwards says there’s no "war on terror." Edwards' theory isn’t new. Michael Moore has been saying "there is no terrorist threat" since 2001. Our own Sen. John Kerry - whose 1997 book on global threats to the U.S. never mentioned Osama bin Laden - still insists that al-Qaeda terror is a crime problem, not a military one. War? Terror? What are you, a sucker? You probably think the Pentagon got hit by a passenger jet, too.

The enlightened left sees through all this. We knuckle-draggers see yet another attempted bombing of yet another Western target by yet another group of Muslim men, and think "Hey, 'war on terror'." The left sees the bombs, the gas canisters, the nails (in Israel, the "bumper sticker" crowd coats the nails with rat poison) and sees something other than a widespread terror movement inspired by common theology and uncommon hatred.

When Brian Williams asked the Democratic presidential candidates to answer (by a show of hands) if they believe "there's such a thing as a global war on terror," the only top-tier candidate whose hand shot up was Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama reluctantly gave an insincere wave. But Edwards? Never.

So, if there's no global terror threat, how does the left explain the guy on fire climbing out the window of an explosives-laden car as shown on CNN? Spontaneous human combustion?


Poverty causes terrorism, the left insists, despite the fact that: a) there are at least 1 billion impoverished non-Muslims in the world who aren’t blowing up nightclubs; and b) two of the plotters just arrested are doctors. In fact, most of the 9/11 and 7/7 attackers were relatively affluent and well educated.

Advocates of the "bumper sticker" theory sometimes claim that terrorism is the last resort of the desperate. The New York Times calls the latest would-be bombers part of Europe's "disenfranchised South Asian population." Got that? Not "terrorists." Certainly not "Muslims." Disenfranchised.

Tony Blair doesn’t agree. The former prime minister rejects the idea that Muslims who watched teachers executed by the Taliban are “oppressed” by the nations who liberated them. "We need to stand up to these people and say, 'It’s not just your methods that are wrong, your ideas are absurd. Nobody is oppressing you. Your sense of grievance isn’t justified.' "

How can John Edwards watch the news from London (or Scotland or Yemen or Iraq) and not see that? Why can’t he grasp the notion of Islamist-inspired violence supported by extremist regimes and targeting Western values?

Maybe if we could fit it on a bumper sticker.

Cartoon Courtesy of Michael Ramirez
Investor's Business Daily


At 7/03/2007 8:31 PM , Blogger ChunkaChunk said...

I was hoping you meant he was AWOL from the American political scene...no luck there, alas!

At 7/03/2007 8:32 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Ooooops, that was me. Signed in under another account.


At 7/03/2007 10:03 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Hmmm. "Jenn ChunkaChunk"... Now that has a nice ring to it.

(:D) Best regards...

P.S.-- Actually I'm happy whenever Edwards is on TV... it gives me a chance to turn it off!

At 7/03/2007 10:04 PM , Anonymous Amy P said...

AWOL from the political scene.. now there's a nice thought!

What a good juxtaposition of Edward's stupid comments and the reality of terrorists taking advantage of our stupidity.

At 7/03/2007 10:18 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Hi Amy,
Good to hear from ya! I know you've been busy with your blog. I stop by from time from to time to check it out.

That must be a lot of work: recording TV shows, editing the clips, and then writing a story besides. Wow! I get tired just thinking about it.

(:D) God Bless...

At 7/04/2007 9:56 AM , Blogger Beerme said...

Well now, timing is everything, isn't it? The Breck Girl certainly could have picked a different time to pander to the looniest of the left with that bumper sticker comment.

Too bad (good)!

At 7/04/2007 10:01 AM , Anonymous Ms RightWing's Ink said...

I hope I do not encounter any bumper stickers this holiday week

At 7/04/2007 12:43 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

He could've picked a more intelligent position to take as well. It seems the "position" he's taken is with his head up his backside.

(:D) Regards...

At 7/04/2007 12:44 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Keep your head down and watch out for low-flying bumper stickers!

(:D) Best regards...

At 7/05/2007 1:52 AM , Anonymous R.A.M. said...

Varvel is one of my favorite items in the Indianapolis Star!

In fact it fastly becoming my ONLY favorite part of the "Liberal Rag" it has become since being swollowed whole by the giant Gannett Press!

Well, I guess I forgot about SOME of the comics are still suitable------SOME!

Go to Varvel's blog Hawkeye and you will see some of the vile comments libs in Indy post to him. Unlike the blogs the libs post on, Gary Varvel does NOT delete comments unless they are vulgar.

At 7/05/2007 1:58 AM , Anonymous AlGore3 said...

I thought I saw a bumper sticker the other night, but it may have been the speed I was traveling or maybe the drugs,---I'm not sure now.

At 7/05/2007 8:43 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I know you like Gary Varvel. I thought of you as I was posting the article. So the libs are posting 'vile' comments, eh? I'm shocked! I thought those guys were all: "P.C." and "compassionate"; in favor of free speech and open to other points of view; celebrated "diversity" and accomodating to different cultures and religions? You've burst my bubble man!

(:D) Best regards...

At 7/05/2007 8:44 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you got off on bail. Hope the trial goes well...

At 7/14/2007 10:42 PM , Blogger Elroy said...

Hey, Hawkeye, tell me this – if your government is to committed to protecting your troops, what do you make of this:

Beating around the Bushmaster
July 15, 2007
Reporter :Ross Greenwood
Producer : Ben McLean

The US House of Representatives has agreed to spend $4.1 billion to replace the Humvee, the vehicle of choice of the United States military.

They have more than 200,000 Humvees — 17,000 of them in Iraq. Unfortunately for the American forces the Humvee's are highly vulnerable to roadside bombs or IED attack.

Australia's forces in Iraq, by contrast, are protected by one of the best Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in the world: the Bushmaster, designed and made in Australia.

The Australian makers of the Bushmaster were excited by American overtures and the potential purchase of the vehicle. Unfortunately the quality of the machine, Australia's support of the US in Iraq even the free trade agreement between the two countries wasn't enough to persuade the American government to go forward with the sale. The manufacturers now fear the machine will be copied and produced by the US as an American design.

This not a Dem problem. The budget has been allocated, but protectionism and the anti free-trade tendencies of the White House, despite its rhetoric, has got in the way.

This unit is ready to roll, is highly efficient, comfy, air conditioned, extremely bomb proof – it would save hundreds of American lives but the USA is far more keen on stealing the intellectual property rights of Australia and protecting its industies, despite the US – Australian 'free-trade' agreement.

Australia currently has $16 billion worth of US defence equipment on order, but the US can't een get it together to spend $1 Billion in Australia to keep their troops alive. Free trade is the one way street we always knew it would be.

Makes you wonder just what the pentagon's priorities are doesn't it? The Bushmaster could save troops's lives NOW, but...

What did Bush say? "Money trumps peace". I guess he was right.




At 7/15/2007 8:21 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

According to a news segment I saw somewhere in just the last few days, the Pentagon did place orders for the new MRAP vehicles, but the manufacturer couldn't produce them fast enough. The ones they did buy were delivered behind schedule, and there was no indication the company could produce them at the rate the Pentagon was looking for.


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