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John Edwards Gets Branded Weak On Beltway Boys

Reported by Deborah - May 27, 2007 -

Fred Barnes and Juan Williams branded John Edwards as " weak on terror" on the Beltway Boys, 5/26/07, for stating that the War on Terror is a bumper sticker slogan , not a strategy during a speech at The Council On Foreign Relations. Williams and Barnes took the opportunity to praise Rudy Giuliani for disagreeing with Edwards acting as if Giuliani's comment was profoundly courageous and pertinent to what Edwards had expressed.

A short clip of Edwards making the bumper sticker comment was followed with Giuliani claiming that the comment proves that Democrats are in denial. There wasn't anything very profound or forceful about the comment but Barnes and Williams thought it was just great making Rudy the leader in the fight against terrorists.

Williams acknowledged the fact that Edwards was referring to the tendency to confuse the War in Iraq with the War in Afganistan and then added " and potentially the War in Iran". Then Williams claimed that in the end all people will see is that Edwards is weak and not able to protect them.

Barnes chimed in that Democrats are in denial because at this moment Radical Islamic Jihadists are plotting to bring down western civilization. Barnes said it comes down to who you're going to trust to prevent another 9/11, Rudy Giuliani or John Edwards.

Here is the rest of the thought that John Edwards expressed in his speech at The Council on Foreign Relations. What Edwards actually said is quite different from the message attributed to him by FOX News.

"The war on terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It's a bumper sticker, not a plan. It has damaged our alliances and weakened our standing in the world. As a political "frame," it's been used to justify everything from the Iraq War to Guantanamo to illegal spying on the American people. It's even been used by this White House as a partisan weapon to bludgeon their political opponents. Whether by manipulating threat levels leading up to elections, or by deeming opponents "weak on terror," they have shown no hesitation whatsoever about using fear to divide."

comment: Isn't it interesting that Juan Williams and Fred Barnes are guilty of everything John Edwards describes in his speech.