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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Wednesday, September 22, 2004

    There is a time and a place 

    Applause sends one message.Silence sends another. On Tuesday, the messages were the same at the Cleveland City Club and in New York at the United Nations.

    Something is wrong in Iraq.

    This isn't the message that President Bush brought when he spoke to the U.N. General Assembly. Ignoring reports from his own intelligence operatives on the state of the war in Iraq, Bush painted a rosy picture of a country progressing in a new democracy. The U.N. delegates listened in respectful silence.

    All those miles away in Cleveland, Sen. John Edwards, the Democrats' vice presidential candidate, spent most of his time presenting specifics of how a Kerry-Edwards administration would try to create more jobs for Ohioans and others Americans but drew the strongest response when he criticized the Bush administration's conduct of the war.

    ``Bush and Cheney are the last people in America who believe they have made no mistakes in Iraq,'' Edwards said.

    Cheney, also campaigning in Ohio, characterizes the administration as steadfast compared with Kerry who ``seems to adopt a new position every day.'' Cheney may have to alter his assessment. Even the Wall Street Journal editorial page, ardent admirer of President Bush, recognizes that Kerry has become the anti-war candidate, an oversimplification but maybe one that is required for people to understand the differences between the president's Iraq view and that of his challenger.

    U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan continues to question the legality of the war in Iraq and the commitment of some nations to the rule of law.

    Through the applause and the silence of these events, there was too little statesmenship and too much campaigning going on.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 1:01 PM

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