Clinton vs. Bush on Terrorism; Also, Kucinich Sees an Alien

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The War Room is really humming today. Via them, here’s how George Bush and Hillary Clinton recently chose to deconstruct and explain terrorism. Bush:

“We’re at war with coldblooded killers who despise freedom, reject tolerance, and kill the innocent in pursuit of their political vision … And one of the real challenges we face is, will we have confidence in the liberty to be transformative? Will we lose faith in the universality of liberty? Will we ignore history and not realize that liberty has got the capacity to yield the peace we want? So this administration, along with many in our military, will continue to spread the hope of liberty, in order to defeat the ideology of darkness, the ideology of the terrorists — and work to secure a future of peace for generations to come. That’s our call.”

And here’s Clinton, asked by Michael Tomasky whether terrorists “hate us for our freedoms” or if they have “specific geopolitical objectives”:

“Well, I believe that terrorism is a tool that has been utilized throughout history to achieve certain objectives. Some have been ideological, others territorial. There are personality-driven terroristic objectives. The bottom line is, you can’t lump all terrorists together. And I think we’ve got to do a much better job of clarifying what are the motivations, the raisons d’etre of terrorists. I mean, what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics. They may not share all that much in terms of what is the philosophical or ideological underpinning. And I think one of our mistakes has been painting with such a broad brush, which has not been particularly helpful in understanding what it is we were up against when it comes to those who pursue terrorism for whichever ends they’re seeking.”

January 21, 2009 will be a happy day, indeed.

Grieve also highlights the passage from Shirley MacLaine’s new book in which she claims presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich saw a UFO on her balcony.

“Dennis found his encounter extremely moving … The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for 10 minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn’t comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind.”

What are the odds everyone was stoned? Like 1,000 percent, right? (Past MoJo alien blogging here.)

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