Senator John Kerry's campaign for president is running like a dry creek. President George W. Bush has set America on a dangerous, costly course and shows no sign of changing his ways if he wins a second term as president. The case against Bush is powerful and compelling. Why doesn't Kerry say so?
America is more debt-ridden and reviled worldwide than ever before. His presidency has been characterized by one colossal blunder after another. In overreacting to the September 11, 2001 attacks, he abandoned cherished American principles and doctrines, and, at his request, a craven Congress gave him extremely broad powers.
With an imperial flourish, Bush announced a year after &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/usa/2002/09/11/36392.html' target=_blank>September 11 that the United States would be the self-appointed policeman of the world and would establish worldwide bases for that purpose.
He trashed national sovereignty and other vital rules of international law by asserting his right to invade any nation when the U.S. perceived a security threat. He announced that the United Nations and other international institutions must follow his lead or become irrelevant, the Daily Star wrote.
With more than 1,000 American soldiers dead in Iraq, the wars on terrorism and in Iraq color voters’ perceptions of every other issue. Back in April, the economy actually had a solid few months, but voters gave the president no credit for it in the polls, because all eyes were on the escalating bloodshed in Fallujah. Now that Bush has stressed his commander-in-chief credentials for a few weeks, approval of his economic record has risen.