“We made decisions at the end of World War II, at the beginning of the Cold War, when we set up the Department of Defense, and the CIA, and we created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and undertook a bunch of major policy steps that then were in place for the next 40 years, that were key to our ultimate success in the Cold War, that were supported by Democrat and Republican alike — Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower and Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon and Gerry Ford and a whole bunch of Presidents, from both parties, supported those policies over a long period of time. We’re now at that point where we’re making that kind of decision for the next 30 or 40 years, and it’s absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on November 2nd, we make the right choice. Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we’ll get hit again, that we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and that we’ll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts, and that we’re not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us.
“We have to understand it is a war. It’s different than anything we’ve ever fought before. But they mean to do everything they can to destroy our way of life. They don’t agree with our view of the world. They’ve got an extremist view in terms of their religion. They have no concept or tolerance for religious freedom. They don’t believe women ought to have any rights. They’ve got a fundamentally different view of the world, and they will slaughter — as they demonstrated on 9/11 — anybody who stands in their way. So we’ve got to get it right. We’ve got to succeed here. We’ve got to prevail. And that’s what is at stake in this election.”
–Dick Cheney, Townhall Meeting, Embassy Suites Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa
To sum up:
1) The next election will affect the next 30 or 40 years (give or take a decade).
2) Electing Kerry will bring on new terrorist attacks that will be devastating, at least from the standpoint of the U.S. He personally would be OK with it largely because he wouldn’t be in power anymore and it would most likely actually help his interests. He could say ‘I told you so’ and his defense industry buddies will be raking in even more dough as we prepare the counterattack ala’ Afghanistan/Iraq.
3) Except that Kerry would treat any such terrorist action as a criminal act rather than treat it as an enemy attack from a warrior foe so actually Cheney’s defense industry buddies would not really make out as well. They might have to sell one of their yachts or something. I feel sorry for them. Poor devils.