Originally Posted by pcunningham42
I have been following the Candidates and am getting confused..here at school we want to have healthy debates but at times feel the candidates are not consistent...For Example.....
In May of this year, Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards said it is "obvious" that al Qaeda is trying to establish a base in Iraq that they can use to plan future attacks.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "But do you dispute that al Qaeda has a presence in the al-Anbar province, in other provinces in Iraq, that they're trying to establish a base there from which to do their evil deeds?" Edwards: "No, of course I don't dispute that. That's obvious." (CNN's "The Situation Room," 5/2/07)
In June, he pledged to fight terrorists abroad so we would not have to fight them at home.
Edwards: "As President of the United States I will do absolutely everything to find terrorists where they are, to stop them before they can do harm to us, before they can do harm to America or to its allies." Democrat Presidential Candidates Debate, Manchester, NH, 6/3/07)
Edwards' recent remarks echoed his 2004 Vice Presidential nomination speech, where he said that he and John Kerry would send an "unmistakable message" to terrorists.
Edwards: "[W]e will have one clear unmistakable message for al Qaeda and these terrorists: You cannot run. You cannot hide. We will destroy you." (Former Sen. John Edwards, Remarks At The 2004 Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA, 7/28/04)
Barack Obama has also voiced concerns of a terrorist threat.
Obama: "We have genuine enemies out there that have to be hunted down. Networks have to be dismantled." (Sen. Barack Obama, MSNBC Democrat Presidential Candidates' Debate, Orangeburg, SC, 4/26/07)
Clinton: "[L]et's focus on those who have attacked us and do everything we can to destroy them." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, MSNBC Democrat Presidential Candidates' Debate, Orangeburg, SC, 4/26/07)
If Democrats acknowledge that al Qaeda is in Iraq, and say that we should destroy terrorists wherever they are, why are they willing to risk Iraq becoming a safe haven and breeding ground for our enemies?[/B]
I am not a registered Democrat, however I believe there is a strong and growing sentiment that our continued mere presence
in Iraq, is in and of itself a reason that the place is breeding new terrorists like flies, that could be a reason, not to mention the lack of a clearly defined mission, workable strategy, a good reason to have gone there in the first place, and the unwillingness of the population at large, and the Iraqi government, to undertake in a meaningful way, any positive steps themselves to stop the terrorists on their own.
And there appears to be an endless squandering of American lives and treasure in pursuit of this, with a concommitant loss of freedom and civil liberties a growing unaccountable "Imperial" republican presidency and vice presidency, no relief in oil prices after all of it, and war profiteering continuing endlessly, by Halliburton and the arms manufacturers.
And that is just for starters.
The appearance is that the Republican administration and a Republican Conmgressional minority of yellow ribbon waving fanatics are responsible for all of this, so the upcoming election will be for the Democrats to lose.