Another bit of truth that I caught as I whizzed by on one orbit was Edwards declaring Bush’s global war on terror to be nothing but a bumper sticker slogan:
“That’s all it is, all it’s ever been — was intended to do was for George Bush to use it to justify everything he does: the ongoing war in Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, spying on Americans, torture,” Edwards said. “None of those things are okay. They are not the United States of America.”
From “Democrats Focus on Iraq In Contentious Second Debate” by Anne Kornblut and Dan Balz at The Washington Post
Now that is something that I have been saying for years, so it must be true.
Reports that I read this morning have Obama as “commanding and confidant” whatever that means and five of the candidates are left almost unmentioned, mere also-rans playing the role of a “Greek chorus:
“Reduced to the status of a Greek chorus, the five Democratic also-rans had a difficult time breaking through the clutter. Joe Biden did have a strong moment when he challenged the growing panic over the threat of Iran producing nuclear weapons. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said bluntly, “Understand how weak Iran is. They are not a year away or two years away. They are a decade away from being able to … put a nuclear weapon on top of a missile that can strike. They are far away from that.” But Biden also blustered in the same answer when he said defiantly, “At the end of the day, if they posed a missile, stuck it on a pad, I’d take it out.”
From “In New Hampshire, the Democrats play a little rougher” by Walter Shapiro at Salon
I don’t know who won, and I suppose I could surf from one blog to another, or one candidate’s web site to another all day and read arguments why each supposedly prevailed, but I think I’ll resist the urge.
At the end I gave a split decision to Edwards because he said that he was wrong to have voted to authorize the war. Maybe if he and the rest who voted for this insanity start writing notes of condolence to all who have suffered the pain and death of this war they can finish before the Sun cools and dies.
Did you know that photons emitted in fusion reactions at the center of the Sun can take hundreds of thousands of years to reach the surface and then travel to earth in just a few minutes?
I learned that during last night’s debate as well as learning the fact that the only thing in our solar system that may outlast the Sun will be this interminable campaign.