TOM CLANCY: Gee, Senator.
But then what actually are you going to do? I think the-- I think the American people recognize that this is a 10,000-plus dead American citizens. What action are we going to take, sir? What are you gonna vote for? What are you gonna authorize? What are you gonna fund?
Sen. JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC): Well, I think the-- I think the starting place is to do the thing--
First of all, there is an immediate response to what just occurred. And then there's a long-term issue, which is the issue that I've been discussing. Long-term, we have the national-security threat of ongoing terrorism.
There are multiple things that need to be done in connection with that--
TOM CLANCY: OK.
Let's-- What are they? What are you gonna do?
Sen. JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC): Those are the things I just talked about -- putting more resources in our counter-terrorism, making sure that the things that need to be done are in fact being done, making sure that the federal agencies who are involved are working together, making sure that they have the authority to do what needs to be done--
TOM CLANCY: Senator, you're not--
Sen. JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC): --making sure that--
TOM CLANCY: You're not doing anything. You're just talking. What are we going to do? What action are we going to take?
=== If we change our society, the terrorists win. If we tell the terrorists, ``We are who we are and what we choose to be, and you can't change that, fella,'' then we win.
Doesn't get the fact we lost, does he?
What really burns me is the fact those who cheer the rest of his words would have no answer to others' bombing the crap out of innocent Americans simply because they didn't like the actions of the "Mad Bomber of Sudan".
I fail to see how -- yet in the shadow of Clinton such that we're still blaming him for just about everything -- we're so confident in our "new" powers we have nothing to fear should the likes of Mrs. Clinton enjoy one day the increased veils of privacy or powers of summary execution -- among other things -- Bush has claimed for his Executive Branch this term.
When did the interview (round table) take place?
From your link:
"CLUELESS ON CHARLIE ROSE": HERE'S THE TRANSCRIPT [KJL]
Here's the transcript of John Edwards on Charlie Rose on 9/11.
Courtesy of Steve Emerson and Andy Cochran from the Investigative Project. (Emerson was sitting next to Edwards).
Sorry it's long. I've bolded the memorable Tom Clancy-John Edwards exchange.
If I were at the RNC, my e-mail about it might begin: DO YOU WANT THIS MAN A HEARTBEAT AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENCY?
Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards's response to 9/11: "Well, I think the-- I think the starting place is to do the thing."
"Well, I think the-- I think the starting place is to do the thing--"
Visionary leadership in a dangerous world.
bump for later - for posterity
Well, I think the-- I think the starting place is to do the thing-- John Edwards on what the response to the 9/11 attack should be.