- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 12, 2004

Vision and mission

President Bush came face-to-face with the sacrifice and uncertainty surrounding the war in Iraq during an “ask the president” event this week at Okaloosa-Walton College in Niceville, Fla.

“I have a brother who served in Afghanistan and is going back to Iraq,” a young woman stood up and told the president, wondering whether his administration has a vision and strategy to complete the mission.

“That’s a very legitimate question,” Mr. Bush replied. “And the answer is, we do … . I just want you to know that your brother is going on a mission that has historic proportions to it.”

He then recalled a story that “I hope helps you and helps everybody understand.” He said he was sharing dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Tokyo and thought it significant their conversation centered on world peace.

“Now, the interesting part of the story, I think, as far as your brother is concerned, is that during the course of the conversation I thought it was pretty neat to be talking to a prime minister of a country that we had been at war with … .

“And that day I was talking to the head of a former enemy, and we’re talking about keeping the world more peaceful. There were a lot of people after World War II who did not believe that Japan could be a self-governing, peaceful nation …

“But, fortunately, our predecessors in the presidency and the Senate and the Congress … never forgot that fantastic American belief that freedom has the capacity to transform lives, transform enemies to allies in peace.”

Mr. Bush concluded by telling the woman: “Some day an American president is going to be sitting down with an elected leader from Iraq, huddled and talking about how to keep the peace. That’s what your brother’s mission is.”

Split Muslims

We’ve written about American Muslims for George W. Bush, its actual Web site being muslimsforbush.com.

Now, a group of Muslim Americans supporting John Kerry for president officially has started its own Web site — muslimsforkerry.com.

“Muslims voters in this election are a crucial demographic for the campaigns, because of their concentration in battleground states like Michigan and Ohio,” says Shahed Amanullah, one of the founders of the new Kerry Web site.

He predicts Muslim voters this November “will come out in large numbers and vote for the candidate that offers this country the brightest future.”

“That candidate is clearly John Kerry … the right man for the presidency of the United States of America.”

Mr. Amanullah says Muslim organizations are registering unprecedented numbers of voters, many of whom are becoming involved for the first time.

Compassionate lot

Two members of the legal profession suddenly catapulted to the top of the Democratic Party — vice-presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and Illinois U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama — have put “a new face on the image of trial lawyers nationally,” says Washington malpractice lawyer Jack Olender.

Kim M. Keenan, a counsel at his firm, will be sworn in tomorrow as president of the National Bar Association at its annual convention in Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Olender says with Ms. Keenan at the helm of the organization, the compassionate side of trial lawyers will be on full display.

“We’ve got our own Barack Obama here,” he says. “She’s dedicated her life to serving the underdog.”

S Res

Congratulations to the nation’s 100 U.S. senators, who have insisted on citing “S Res” (short for Senate resolution) so often that the abbreviation has made its way into the new 11th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Besides S Res, here’s a list of other newcomers, all of which help better define our modern times:

Body wrap (body treatment), clafouti (baked fruit dessert), digital subscriber line (high-speed Internet connection), dream catcher (circular net to block bad dreams and catch good ones), information technology (all things computer), lossless (being without loss), menudo (tripe stew with chili peppers), MPEG (computer file formats/files), nanotech (nanotechnology), pleather (plastic fabric resembling leather), PMB (private mailbox), and teensploitation (exploitation of teens by film producers).

He sings, too

“Ladies and gentleman, presenting Alan Keyes, Maryland resident, Illinois Republican Senate candidate — singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’”

— Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokeswoman Ann Lewis, introducing a video now appearing on the DSCC Web site featuring Alan Keyes singing the famous “Wizard of Oz” song.

• Fans of this column will enjoy John McCaslin’s new book, “Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans From Around the Nation’s Capital.”

You can purchase it through BarnesandNoble.com.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or [email protected].

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide