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Bush speech about "War on Terror" today

President Bush is going to give a speech today about the "war on terror." If nothing else, it's timely.

The Senate seems to be growing a spine (by a vote of 90-9) on the issue of torturing prisoners, and our military leaders are sounding a lot less sanguine about the situation in Iraq than Bush is. Bottom line is, Bush needs to start saying more than just "stay the course" and "trust me." He needs to start making arguments for his own positions, which look more absurd by the day. And no; "I know her/his/its heart" is not an argument.

These are the nine senators who voted to give Bush carte blanche to torture prisoners:

Allard (R-CO)
Bond (R-MO)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)

The Allard vote is yet another indication that Colorado's mild-mannered senior senator is on the extreme fringe of rabid Bush supporters. I'd like to ask the same question of Allard that I have of Hugh Hewitt: what would it take to convince you that Bush can make mistakes?


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