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Posted: 9/6/2004 11:16:42 AM EDT
He hasn't learned from his dealings with the VietCong in 1971.


Kerry on Iraq: Wrong War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Pledges to Withdraw US Troops in his First Term

Mon Sep 6, 2004 10:57 AM ET

By Patricia Wilson CANONSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) -

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry on Monday called the invasion of Iraq "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time" and said his goal was to withdraw U.S. troops in his first White House term.

Under pressure from some Democrats to change the subject from national security -- regarded by many as President Bush's strongest issue -- Kerry tried to focus exclusively on the economy and other domestic topics at a neighborhood meeting but supporters raised Iraq.

The Massachusetts senator, who has said he would have voted to give Bush the authority to use force if necessary against Iraq even if he had known at the time that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, has struggled to draw clear contrasts with the president.

"I would not have done just one thing differently than the president on Iraq, I would have done everything differently than the president on Iraq," Kerry said.

He denied that he was "Monday morning quarterbacking."

"I said this from the beginning of the debate to the walk up to the war. I said, Mr. President don't rush to war, take the time to build a legitimate coalition and have a plan to win the peace."

Kerry said Bush had failed on all three counts. He called the president's talk about a coalition fighting alongside about 125,000 U.S. troops "the phoniest thing I've ever heard."

"You've about 500 troops here, 500 troops there and it's American troops that are 90 percent of the combat casualties and it's American taxpayers that are paying 90 percent of the cost of the war," he said. "It's the wrong war, in the wrong place at the wrong time."


Kerry, like Bush, promised that the United States would stay the course in Iraq until the country is secure, saying: "We have to do what we need to do to get out and do it right."

He pledged to internationalize the forces in Iraq and do a better job of fighting "a more effective, smarter" war on terror that he said would actually make Americans safer.

Although he declined to set a precise timetable for pulling out U.S. troops, Kerry said it would be possible if certain conditions were met, such as bringing allies to the table to help with security and reconstruction. He also said Washington should make it clear to the world that the United States had no "long-term designs to maintain bases and troops in Iraq.

"We want those troops home and my goal would be to try to get them home in my first term and I believe that can be done," he said.

If Kerry were to beat Bush in the Nov. 2 presidential election, his first four-year term would end in January 2009.

Kicking off a Labor Day offensive in three crucial battleground states -- Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio -- Kerry focused on pocketbook issues as he tried to reinvigorate his campaign after new polls showed him trailing Bush by double digits.

On the front porch of Dale and Jody Rhome's house in Canonsburg, he assailed the president's economic policies and said if Americans wanted four more years of losing jobs and health care "then you ought to go vote for George Bush."

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:19:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:23:26 AM EDT
He is encourgaging the enemy to kill US troops again, just like after he came back from Nam.

Seems like to him the only good GI is a dead GI...
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:23:32 AM EDT
At the rate Kerry is campaigning GWB Jr. won't have do any campaigning himself. Kerry keeps insisting on shooting himself in the foot. This one guy who should definitely not be allowed to own a gun, he's a danger to himelf.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:24:11 AM EDT
god help us if that fool were to be elected.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:24:52 AM EDT
Kerry: The Tyrant's Choice

Aug. 31, 2004 21:51 | Updated Sep. 1, 2004 0:06
Look who wants Bush to lose

The excitement is palpable. You can almost feel it in the air. The dictators of the Arab world just can't wait for George W. Bush to lose the US presidential election in November.

Gripped with fear as they watch Bush's democratic experiment in Iraq take shape, the tyrants and despots of the Middle East are pinning their hopes on Democratic challenger John Kerry to prevail.

After all, the last thing they want to see is a second-term Bush determined to reform the region, a development that would threaten their grip on power and stymie their efforts to obtain more lethal types of weaponry.

And so the rhetoric in the Arab world is heating up, pointing to a real desire to see the US president go down in defeat.

Take, for example, a recent article in the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly (August 12-18 issue) by Cairo University's Prof. Hassan Nafaa. Bush, he wrote, is a "wild eyed zealot" and an "evil fanatic" whose "departure from the Oval Office will mark the beginning of the decline of the forces of extremism and the rise of the forces of moderation."

A Kerry victory, Prof. Nafaa says, barely containing his glee, would mean that "US foreign policy will undergo a major shift that will ultimately impact positively on Washington's approach to the affairs of the Middle East."

In other words, a Kerry administration would be far more compliant as far as the Arabs are concerned.

An August 4 editorial in the Syria Times expressed a similar sentiment, urging Arab-Americans not to make "the very mistake they made in the past when they gave their votes to Bush the Junior" in the 2000 presidential election. Instead, suggested the government-run paper, a vote for Kerry this time would prove to be "a wise one."

Judging by their leadership, the Palestinians seem to feel the same way, with Yasser Arafat said to be among those who is rooting for a Democratic victory.

"Arafat is waiting for November in the hope that George Bush will lose the election to John Kerry," Israel's military intelligence chief Maj.Gen. Aharon Ze'evi Farkash told a cabinet meeting just over a month ago.

Following Arafat's lead, the official Palestinian media has made no effort to hide where its sympathies lie. On July 27, the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, for example, ran a political cartoon depicting an American soldier bleeding to death in Iraq, his final words being, "Don't Vote Bush."

And then, of course, there is Iran. The mullahs, whom Bush famously labeled part of the "Axis of Evil" in his January 2002 State of the Union Address, are also panting at the prospect of a Republican defeat.

Just last week, on a visit to New Zealand, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that the US government was "looking for excuses" to act against Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

A June 17 article in the English-language Tehran Times entitled "Pity the Next US President" was even more critical, comparing Bush and his neo-conservative advisers to "neo-Nazis" who have created a "stinking heap of a mess" throughout the world. "Kerry," the paper asserts, "is exactly what the US needs right now."

That the prospect of a Kerry presidency is evoking so much enthusiasm in the terror capitals of Damascus, Ramallah and Teheran is reason enough for Americans, and especially American Jews, to think twice before supporting the Democratic candidate.

Why, after all, would Arafat, Bashar Assad and the ayatollahs want to see Kerry elected if they didn't have good reason to believe he would go soft on terror?

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:26:05 AM EDT
Kerry could actually be a worse President than Clinton ever thought of being.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:27:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 50cal:
Kerry could actually be a worse President than Clinton ever thought of being.

Or even Gore?
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:29:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:31:34 AM EDT
Cut and Run. Isn't that what we have been saying all along when it come to Kerry's Iraq policy?
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:38:53 AM EDT
Me thinks he's a french double agent
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:41:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DirtyDan:
Me thinks he's a french double agent

The Frenchurian Candidate
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:45:27 AM EDT
What a looser! We can only hope that Bush's lead keeps growing.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:03:57 PM EDT
thats good
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:09:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmdLbrl:

Originally Posted By 50cal:
Kerry could actually be a worse President than Clinton ever thought of being.

Or even Gore?

Or Carter.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:12:32 PM EDT
I stand corrected.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:14:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:40:55 PM EDT
Keep digging that hole, John...
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:42:57 PM EDT
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