Friday, September 24, 2004

I take it back. This is today’s must-read

Bill Kristol in the Weekly Standard calls John Kerry “Disgraceful

We really don’t know what a President John Kerry would do about Iraq. His flip-flops about the war, his inconsistencies, the ambiguity of his current position (win or withdraw?)--all of these mean we can only guess about a Kerry presidency. He would probably be inclined to get out of Iraq as soon as possible; it might be the case, however, that as president he would nonetheless find himself staying and fighting. Who knows?

What we do know is this: Kerry and his advisers have behaved disgracefully this past week. That behavior is sufficient grounds for concern about his fitness to be president.

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There is some chance, after all, that John Kerry will be president in four months. If so, what kind of situation will he have created for himself? France will smile on him, but provide no troops. Those allies that have provided troops, from Britain and Poland and Australia and Japan and elsewhere, will likely recall how Kerry sneered at them, calling them "the coerced and the bribed." The leader of the government in Iraq, upon whom the success of John Kerry's Iraq policy will depend, will have been weakened before his enemies and ours--and will also remember the insult. Is this really how Kerry wants to go down in history: Willing to say anything to try to get elected, no matter what the damage to the people of Iraq, to American interests, and even to himself?
Read it all.

1 comment:

David L said...

To accept that Kerry and Lockhart are correct in their respective challenges to Allawi's integrity and honesty, you MUST accept they know more of what is transpiring in Iraq at a macro and micro level than that country's Prime Minister.

I submit this is a logical and physical impossibility. Therefore, you must conclude their statements are based on a domestic political calculation. That this should be so demonstrates the most callous, arrogant, despicable immorality imaginable. The damage these two, and their fellow-travelers, are doing to our nation, our political fabric, our alliances and the future of our descendents in incalculable.

"Disgraceful"? Bill Kristol displays a superhuman restraint in his characterization of a thoroughly vile performance.