- The Washington Times - Monday, October 11, 2004

Baghdad to Moscow?

Jon Moseley, author of “Cold Peace,” makes a good point after listening to Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry pledge that he will secure Russia’s nuclear material three times faster than President Bush.

“News alert for John Kerry: Russia is run by Russian President Vladimir Putin, not George Bush. Russia’s nuclear materials are governed out of Moscow, not Massachusetts,” the author reminds the candidate.

Mr. Moseley says the Democrat’s campaign-driven directive on Russia’s nuclear waste is yet another insult lodged against a major U.S. ally of late.

“Kerry promised to directly and personally control the nuclear material of Russia,” the author notes. “He literally promised a date certain by which he, as president of the United States, would ‘secure’ the nuclear materials of the Russian Federation.”

The big question, he says, is how Mr. Kerry plans to cross the border into Russia and take control of these materials?

“Will a President Kerry send in the Marines to ‘secure’ the nuclear materials of the Russian Federation?” he asks.

Kerry doctrine

“If we take the pre-emptive track

With an enemy like Iraq,

My first ‘global test’

Is the plan must be blest

By the country we aim to attack.”

F.R. Duplantier

Battle for Waterloo

Top Bush campaign aide Karen Hughes peeked into the press cabin of Air Force One clutching the weather-description card for the president’s recent flight route to Waterloo, Iowa.

“I just can’t resist pointing out something fun to you — ‘Clear skies with fog?’” she remarked of the wording.

She then opined that it was an apt description of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry’s campaign platform of placating every voter at all times — or at least she said, “I thought it was pretty ironic.”

Playing grown up

They call themselves “Billionaires for Bush” and they gathered outside the MCI Center last evening protesting — or at least pretending to protest — left-wing rock musicians who irresponsibly encourage the young and misguided to get out and vote.

The protesters, many no doubt dressed to the hilt for the first time in tuxedos and evening gowns, spoke of “true duties” of patriotic citizens of limited means, and celebrated the “noble efforts of fellow Republicans” to restrict the vote by launching their own “Block the Vote” campaign.

They also claimed (certainly in jest) that they are working together with Republican Party apparatchiks and public officials to encourage restrictions on voter registration and to implement as many electronic voting machines as possible.

We care, but

Actress Jennifer Aniston, star of the TV show “Friends,” is encouraging the 22 million single women who were apparently too busy watching TV to vote in the 2000 elections to cast ballots on Nov. 2.

A public-service announcement taped by the actress, produced for Women Voices Women Vote (WVWV), premiered this month on “Entertainment Tonight” and is being distributed via networks and local broadcasters.

Michele Reiner, wife of everybody’s favorite liberal meathead, Rob Reiner, directed the PSA.

Page Gardner, co-director of WVWV, says even though single women don’t historically vote in large numbers, they do care about issues she says aren’t being addressed by the candidates: health care, equal pay between men and women, secure retirement and a higher minimum wage.

If the 22 million women “who care about this agenda turn out on Election Day, it’s going to be impossible for elected officials to ignore their needs,” she says.

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.” Mr. McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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