Talking about security
Posted by aogSunday, 26 September 2004 at 21:31 TrackBack Ping URL

Over at Just One Minute is yet another discussion of the Evil Republicans claiming that a Kerry administration would be make the USA more in danger from the caliphascists. The whining about such claims has always struck me as very odd.

Here are two statements:

  1. The USA would be less likely to be attacked if President Bush wins the election.
  2. The USA would be more likely to be attacked if Senator Kerry wins the election.

These are, logically, the same statement. They have the exact same truth value — if one is true, both are and if one is false, both are. Yet it seems OK to make the first statement but the second statement is a horrendous slur. But making that claim simply precludes any political discussion of whether the USA would, in fact be more or less vulnerable to attack depending on the outcome of the election. I somehow doubt that anyone on either side believes that the election outcome is completely irrelevant to American security, so why de facto forbid discussion of it?

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Tom Maguire Sunday, 26 September 2004 at 21:44

Why are you questioning my patriotism? (Or theirs. Somebody’s).

KIDDING!

End of Discussion