Hmmm in open debate Cheney against a trial lawyer used to going against large corporations and winning big settlements.
I suspect it would be VERY arguable just who would eat who.
While it's not debate I think the format IS informative and revealing to the voter in way not offered in regular partisan campaigning.
As Kerry vs Bush the main difference in my mind is the approach to planetary governance.
Kerry wants senior partners to share both the cost and responsibility, Bush wants hangers on to provide a cloak of respectability while he does as he pleases.
His administration is, for good reason, simply reviled by the vast majority of the rest of the world and it's at his door not that of the American people or the ideals American purports to represent to the world.
Kerry and Edwards along with Clarke should begin to change that perception but they face no easy task given what they would be faced with in Iraq.
It WILL take all the rest of the world decades to deal with it.
It WAS being dealt with in a progressive if glacially slow manner as most things involving sovereign nations taking action against another MUST be given the current world governance.
Afghanistan is vitally important and no better task for Russia, US, Canada and the rest of the world than to eliminate Al Qaeda, keep up pressure on Pakistan and nation build in Afghanistan.
No more key state exists and if the world took a decade to help rebuild Afghanistan ( as it did with Germany and Japan after a war ) then it would be time and money well spent.
Iraq threatens, just as the shrubs father accurately observed, to destabilize the entire region.
Kurds, Shiities and Sunnis ALL have axes to grind in surrounding states and with each other.
Anarchy - which is close to what it is now, just brings divisions t the fore.
125,000 troops in a nation not much less in population than Canada with half under 25 and 3 distinct and hostile populations PLUS a magnet for other radical elements at war with the US.
It's unimaginable. 25 million Iraqis, millions of teen and young men, unemployed,many uneducated with 125,000 foreign"don't speak the language" troops to "bring peace, freedom and democracy."
Too many Captain America comics at shrub jrs breakfast table.
What a joke if it wasn't so tragic for so many.
Hubris writ large in a fragile and shrinking world.