Saturday, October 16, 2004

Being picky about outsourcing

Generally I try to refrain from getting caught up in the minutiae of what Kerry and Bush say in their speeches. It mostly just rhetoric.

But I was struck by something Kerry said the other day.

He was plugging the line that Iraq was a distraction from the war on terrorism and that it had drained resources from the hunt for bin Laden. No big deal there, but what he said was that Bush had "outsourced" the job of getting bin Laden at Tora Bora to the Afghanis.

Now outsourcing, the shift of some American jobs to developing countries, is a hot issue in the US with Bush for and Kerry sort of against, he's more protectionist than Bush. The choice of the term was deliberate.

It makes sense for Kerry to use the term "outsourcing" for something he disagrees with. But his central point is that Bush entrusted the hunt for bin Laden to people, Afghanis, Kerry considers not up to the task - incompetent.

So not only did Kerry slight the US's allies in Afghanistan but also implied that outsourcing meant jobs going from competent Americans to incompetent foreigners.

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