9-11

Well, it’s September 11, again.

It’s been three years since that September 11, and we seem to be doing alright.

There hasn’t been a major attack on our soil since then, we’ve done a lot to disrupt the activities and leadership of Al Qaeda, and have begun the process of opening up the Middle East to better ideas and alternatives for would-be terrorists. We’re both destroying current terrorist groups, and trying to prevent new ones.

I’m not usually big on arbitrary traditions, but I do think that an anniversary is as good a time as any to reflect on the meaning of major events, and to try to put things into perspective.

I don’t really have anything eloquent to say about 9-11, but if you want that, you might check out James Lileks’ Bleat from last year.

What’s He Going To Do About It?

I thought the Republicans put on a pretty good convention. They had speakers to appeal to most of the groups who might potentially vote Republican.

I found John Kerry’s response quite weak, though:

For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander in chief. We’ll, here’s my answer. I’m not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq.

That’s his answer? To refuse to be questioned???

I don’t even really understand what it means when he says “I’m not going to have…”

Does he mean that he’s going to do something to settle the issue? Does he mean he’s going to cover his ears and refuse to listen? Is he going to pretend that the questions aren’t being asked and hope everybody else plays along?

What???

And, I’m getting a bit tired of every Republican criticism of Kerry characterized by the press as an “attack”, while Kerry’s criticisms (which are often less substantive and more personal) characterized as a mere response, or “fighting back”.

Perhaps the press is happy to go along with his fantasy and make it look like Kerry is getting unfairly picked on. But, I suspect that his whiny attitude about every criticism is making many people question his ability to lead the free world.

Cheney’s Speech

Wow.

I didn’t watch or hear it, but the text of Dick Cheney’s speech seems pretty impressive to me.

I suppose I’m biased because I supported the war already, but it seems to me that this message will convince quite a few people that the country will be more secure with Bush as president rather than Kerry.

I disagree with quite a few things that Bush has done and has indicated that he would like to do. But, other than gridlock, I can see very few reasons to prefer Kerry and many to prefer Bush.