October 11, 2004

DO YOU SUPPOSE EVEN HE KNOWS WHAT HE BELIEVES?:

John Kerry's Iraq Quandry (Michael Ashbury, 10/11/04, Jewish Press)

On September 6, 2002, John Kerry in an op-ed in The New York Times stated that “I refuse ever to accept the notion that anything I`ve suggested with respect to Iraq was nuanced. It was clear. It was precise. It was, in fact, prescient. It was ahead of the curve about what the difficulties were. And that is precisely what a president is supposed to be. I think I was right, 100% correct, about how you should have done Iraq.”

A sampling of his prescient remarks:

1990 “Iraq has developed a chemical weapons capability, and is pursuing a nuclear weapons development program.” (In 1991 Senator Kerry was in the minority of senators who voted against the Persian Gulf War.)

1997 “Should the resolve of our allies wane, the United States must not lose its resolve to take action.” He further warned that if Saddam Hussein were not held to account for violation of UN resolutions, some future conflict would have “greater consequence.”

1998 “I think there is a disconnect between the depth of the threat that Saddam Hussein presents to the world and what we are at the moment talking about doing ... we have to be prepared to go the full distance, which is to do everything possible to disrupt his regime and to encourage the forces of democracy....

“I am way ahead of the commander in chief, and I’m probably way ahead of my colleagues and certainly of much of the country. But I believe this. I believe that he has used these weapons before. He has invaded another country. He views himself as a modern-day Nebuchadnezzar. He wants to continue to play the uniting critical role in that part of the world. And I think we have to stand up to that.”

2002 “I would disagree with John McCain that it’s the actual weapons of mass destruction he may use against us, it’s what he may do in another invasion of Kuwait or in a miscalculation about the Kurds or a miscalculation about Iran or particularly Israel.

“Those are the things that — that I think present the greatest danger. He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. It’s the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat.”

2003 “If Saddam Hussein is unwilling to bend to the international community`s already existing order, then he will have invited enforcement, even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2004 3:01 PM
Comments

"Do you suppose even he knows what he believes?"

Here's a women who apparently knows what she believes.

Posted by: h-man at October 11, 2004 4:23 PM

Forget the "nuisance" line. Team Bush ought to be trumpeting this article and posting it side-by-side with the NYT Magazine interview.

Posted by: Joe at October 11, 2004 4:25 PM

What he believes is unknowable. What he wants is indisputable.

Posted by: luciferous at October 11, 2004 5:02 PM

>"Do you suppose even he knows what he believes?"

Yes. That he's Entitled to the White House by Birth and Breeding. After all, the Kerrys are related by blood to more Royal Houses of Europe than any other family out her in the Colonies.

Posted by: Ken at October 11, 2004 5:34 PM

h-man:

Too funny.
At least she was smart enough to do it where it can easily be covered.
The tattoo is OK, but really, is that the best she and the artist could come up with ?
Why did she turn down the 30 G's ?
I can't think of anything that I wouldn't tattoo on my skull for $ 30,000, barring some kind of pro-Satan message.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at October 12, 2004 7:24 AM
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