April 19, 2004


If it's war you want, then go Democrats (John Laughland, The Australian, 4/20/04)

Kerry voted for the war on Iraq and continues to support it wholeheartedly. He said last December that those who continue to oppose the war "don't have the judgment to be president -- or the credibility to be elected president". Kerry does not even say that Bush has jeopardised US security by attacking Iraq instead of facing down the al-Qa'ida threat; he is not Richard Clarke. Instead, Kerry says: "No one can doubt that we are safer -- and Iraq is better -- because Saddam Hussein is now behind bars."

On December 17, Kerry lent credence to the loony theory that Iraq was the author of the September 11 attacks, something Bush has done at least twice. Yet in February Kerry attacked Bush for planning to hand back power to the Iraqis too quickly -- what he called "a cut and run" strategy -- even though Bush intends the US embassy in Iraq to be the biggest US embassy in the world and even though 110,000 US troops are to remain stationed there indefinitely.

Above all, Kerry is, like Bush, committed to the world military supremacy of the US. "We must never retreat from having the strongest military in the world," says the possible future president. Kerry claims that Bush has weakened the military and so he has promised 40,000 more active-duty army troops.

Americans think of ourselves as a simple, open and easily understood people. That's hard to square with articles like this that completely misunderstand us. As this doesn't seem to be satire, we have to wonder: aren't you people paying attention?

Posted by David Cohen at April 19, 2004 12:25 PM


I haven't recovered yet from Professor Daum-ass, who was "questioning" Kerry three days ago. Now you give me this to think about. Post something about Darwinism, just keep my blood pressure down.

Posted by: h-man at April 19, 2004 12:55 PM

We've come a long way in a short time from when Bob Dole thought he could make electoral hay by carping about "Democrat wars."

Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 19, 2004 3:41 PM

OTOH, I think it's at least plausible this would be Kerry's policy if elected - on what basis can we even guess?

Posted by: mike earl at April 19, 2004 3:50 PM
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