Saturday, May 26, 2007

On John Edwards and bumper stickers

Cirroc reader Richard thinks that Edwards will have a tough time overcoming the shallow coverage he is receiving in the press. Sarcastically, he says "[i]t's about time we had a truly pretty guy in the White House."

I refer the reader to Tom Tomorrow's comic on the issue at Salon (click-through ad or subscription required).

Personally, I don't care for his Washington helmet hair. Perhaps he should rethink his choice of salons. But to end this post on a substantive note, I was quite pleased with his speech last week to the Council on Foreign Relations. From the ABC News article:

In a defense policy speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Edwards called the war on terror a "bumper sticker" slogan Bush had used to justify everything from abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison to the invasion of Iraq.

"We need a post-Bush, post-9/11, post-Iraq military that is mission focused on protecting Americans from 21st century threats, not misused for discredited ideological purposes," Edwards said. "By framing this as a war, we have walked right into the trap the terrorists have set that we are engaged in some kind of clash of civilizations and a war on Islam."


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