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Kerry shines in debate

Dear Editor:In Thursday night’s debate, Sen. John Kerry displayed a deep and thoughtful understanding of the global pressures facing us today.President Bush said that a president’s primary obligation is to protect the people of the United States with or without the support of our allies. That statement is a paradox and points clearly to the naive world view of our present leadership.No president can protect this nation without the support of our allies. In fact, without a strong world community, no country can “win” the war on terrorism, let alone stop nuclear proliferation, unravel our dependence on oil, end poverty, protect our environment, or control spiraling population growth. All these issues greatly threaten our security.I strongly agree with John Kerry’s words: “I believe America is safest and strongest when we are leading the world and are leading strong alliances.”Isolationism is no longer an option for any country in the world. The choices that we make as a people and as a nation have a powerful effect all across the globe.I concur with John Kerry that Mr. Bush made a “colossal error of judgment” when he led the United States into the war in Iraq. I also believe that Mr. Bush misled the Congress and the people by continuing, even in Thursday night’s debate, to infer Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.In his own words: “The enemy attacked us, Jim, and I have a solemn duty to protect the American people, to do everything I can to protect us.”Mr. Kerry astutely responded: “The president just said something extraordinarily revealing and, frankly, very important in this debate. In answer to your question about Iraq and sending people into Iraq, he just said the enemy attacked us. Saddam Hussein didn’t attack us. Osama bin Laden attacked us. Al Qaeda attacked us.”Mr. Bush’s frustrated answer: “Of course I know Osama bin Laden attacked us – I know that.”Yes, I do think that President Bush knows that Osama bin Laden attacked us, not Saddam Hussein. But he and his running mate, Dick Cheney, have for so many months tried to lead us to believe otherwise that his mistake last night was extremely telling.To me, it appears that Bush repeats the same inaccuracies over and over. That does not make them right. Being consistent is no virtue without constant review of the facts and deep questioning of one’s own views.Kerry’s message: “It’s one thing to be certain … but you can be certain and be wrong.”I ask for your vote for John Kerry in November.Judy HillAspen Village

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