Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Secure Article

Family Security Matters writes a glowing article of Romney. PRaising Romney's recent decisions with the Iranian Khatami editor Charles Mitchell had this to say,

Those are some actions. But in this war, words are also extremely important. During a global war on Islamic fascism that will likely last decades, the president must be able to rally the nation (and sometimes even the world) to the cause. He must be able to explain exactly what we are doing and why we are doing it. At this point, most reasonable people will probably admit that for all his virtues, President Bush often struggles in this regard.

But Gov. Romney does not. Nor does he fall into the trap of saying this war is just against terror. “They are terrorists, yes, but more directly they are jihadists,” he told ABC recently. Basically, he is just as security-minded as Bush—noting that Iraq is the central front in the war—but just says it better. (For example, he criticized the decision to rely so completely on WMD justifications to go into Iraq in favor of a broader and more positive case.) He also does not fall into the trap of saying the war is about one man, be it Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, or whoever. Here is what he said on TV when Sen. John Kerry (remember him?) made that error:

I think it shows a complete lack of understanding of the kind of enemy that we’re facing. This is not a small group of wackos in the hills that all we have to do is go find one person and it suddenly goes away.

He also had this to say:

More recently, he has endorsed (unlike Sen. John McCain, who led a Republican revolt) President Bush’s plan to interrogate detainees at Guantánamo Bay.


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