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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Kerry and Iraq

It is hard to believe that John Kerry is purposefully trying to throw this election (unless he really is a mole for Karl Rove) but he seems to be trying his best to cement in everyone's mind that he is exactly what the Republican Convention tried to paint him as: a flip-flopper who is soft on defense. Winstin-Salem Journal:

Democrat John Kerry accused President Bush yesterday of sending U.S. forces to the "wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time" and said he would try to bring them all home in four years. Bush rebuked him for taking "yet another new position" on the war. Iraq overshadowed the traditional Labor Day start of the fall campaign and its time-honored emphasis on jobs, as Kerry delivered some of his harshest rhetoric against Bush's handling of the war and highlighted its economic costs. Kerry also set, for the first time, a tentative time frame for completing a withdrawal that Republicans say is too soon even to begin. "We want those troops home, and my goal would be to try to get them home in my first term," Kerry said, speaking to a fellow Vietnam War veteran at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania who had asked about a timetable for withdrawal.
Now, you can make some good arguements for this position, although you will have a tough time of convincing me, but I don't think you can make an effective arguement that Kerry has been at all consistant on the war in Iraq. I don't want anyone to be the last man to die for a mistake. The best way to do this is to make sure that Iraq is a success, and not a mistake. Saying we will leave within four years, regardless of the state of Iraq at that time, is a darn good way to lose a war. I don't know if Vietnam was a winnable war in 1971 before John Kerry gave his senate speech but I know for sure it wasn't winnable afterwards. I do believe, very strongly, that Iraq is a winnable war now. We are winning. I don't know if it will still be winnable if John Kerry is elected presidend however.


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