Letter to the Editor

Your view: Who's flip-flopping?

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Bush-Cheney campaign must be having fits. They orchestrated a campaign of lies about John Kerry and tried to paint Kerry as a flip-flopper; then their man George goes on television and suffers a fit of flip-flopping honesty.

The Bush-Cheney machine has tried to convince us that the Iraq invasion was designed to combat terrorism. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure, however, that military aggression against an enemy that is already desperate enough to plan suicide bombings is just ridiculous. What kind of a threat can military action be to individuals who are already prepared to martyr themselves? Trying to bomb terrorists into submission can only serve, as it has done, to promote terrorism -- exactly the opposite of its stated goal. Nevertheless, the Bush-Cheney folks have been touting the Iraq war in their fight against terror; a war, they have been telling us for months, they are winning.

But then, though for just a moment, George Bush came to his senses. Breaking from the prepared script, Bush confessed that not only was this military effort not winning the war against terror, but that it was not possible to win such a war. His campaign team had a fit. In an act of futility, they tried to make it consistent with their campaign claim.

However, within a day Bush was back on the reservation. Recanting his lapse into honesty, he again touts the party stupidity that his efforts were winning the war against terror. Now, who is flip-flopping?

E. Ayres, Sikeston