September 17, 2004
THE WRATH OF KHAN:
Another New Kerry Position on Iraq . . .: . . . and the same one on Vietnam. (William Kristol, 09/15/2004, Weekly Standard)
He is now the anti-war candidate, this time presumably for good. Leaving aside (important) questions of Kerry's character and credibility, the stage is now set for a straight-up debate: Kerry's view is that we would be safer to have left Saddam in power. Bush's view is that we (and the world) are safer having removed Saddam, and that American strategic goals in the war on terror have been advanced.
But there is one issue on which Kerry has stayed pretty constant: Vietnam. This morning, Imus asked Kerry about his post-Vietnam activities. Kerry said: "I served. I came home. I saw what I saw. And I told the truth.
And if people still have a problem with that, I'm sorry." The one lodestar is Kerry's career, the one thing on which he doesn't flip-flop, is his denunciation of the war in Vietnam as part of a "mystical war against communism," and his condemnation of American soldiers' behavior in Vietnam. In any case, Kerry is right that people should make up their own minds whether they "have a problem" with his 1971 "Genghis Khan" testimony. To help them judge, we link to it here.
Folks worried about a Kerry comeback should keep in mind that probably no more than a fifth of the electorate has seen his 1971 testimony. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2004 12:15 PM