Sunday, January 30, 2005




In the face of amazing courage on the part of 8 million Iraqis, what did the Junior Senator from Massachusettes have to say?


Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who lost the November presidential election against Republican President George W. Bush, described the Iraqi elections as "significant" and "important" but said they should not be "overhyped."

"It is significant that there is a vote in Iraq," Kerry said in an interview with NBC television's Meet the Press. "But ... no one in the United States should try to overhype this election.

"This election is a sort of demarcation point, and what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation," Kerry said. "And it's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in.

"Absent that, we will not be successful in Iraq," he said.

Kerry also said he did not support fellow Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy's call last week for the immediate pullout of at least 12,000 US troops from Iraq following the elections.

"I wouldn't do a specific timetable, but I certainly agree with (Kennedy) in principle, that the goal must be to withdraw American troops," Kerry said.

In his grand tradition know as "Blame America First," Kerry can't help himself: the election should not be "overhyped"; we need a "political reconcilation" (so the Sunnis who oppressed their countrymen don't feel too bad, I guess); we need a "massive diplomatic effort" (what? the French and the UN again? who the heck do we or anyone else need to engage in diplomacy with? Is the objection to apologize to thugs and tyrants about the advance of freedom?).

What is with this "international community" broken record on the part of Kerry? What is this instinct about the "Global Test"?

PM Blair said it best: "The exit strategy for Iraq is a democratic Iraq." Is Blair the only liberal who understands this?

Memo to Kerry: this, in large measure is why you lost.

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