I admit, I only watched part of the debate last night. It was painful and irritating, and one of the most offensive moments of the entire campaign came early–and from John Kerry’s mouth.
Neither of them said much of substance from what I could tell, but in discussing the fiasco in Iraq, Kerry said at least twice that 90% of the casualties in Iraq were Americans. So, somewhere around 1,000 Americans have been killed, and the estimates from varying sources indicate somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 Iraqis have been killed. It takes some pretty skillful manipulation of mathematical principals to come up with Americans representing 90% of the deaths.
Then he got the vote back when Bush, upon being asked about the miscalculations in the plan for after the war was over, basically said that the war had ended too quickly and we’d planned to kill a lot more people first, which we didn’t get to do.
I wish I liked Kerry better. I really do. But I can’t. On the other hand, I couldn’t hate Bush more. So Kerry keeps my vote.
And thanks to Dan Savage for teaching me the most useful and relevant new word I’ve learned in years.