Monday, September 20, 2004

They call him Flipper! Flipper! Faster than lightning...
from the mind of  Daredemo.

Caught this on TV from Kerry's speech at New York University today:
Yet today, President Bush tells us that he would do everything all over again, the same way. How can he possibly be serious? Is he really saying that if we knew there were no imminent threat, no weapons of mass destruction, no ties to Al Qaeda, the United States should have invaded Iraq? My answer is no – because a Commander-in-Chief's first responsibility is to make a wise and responsible decision to keep America safe.

Now we won't go into the fact that David Kay reported almost a year ago:
We have discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations during the inspections that began in late 2002

And that it sounds like a report due out soon from his successor, Charles Duelfer will affirm this -- from today's Oregonian :
A draft report of nearly 1,500 pages that is circulating within the government essentially reaffirms the findings of an interim review completed 11 months ago, the officials said.

But the officials said the report adds considerable detail, particularly on the question of Iraq's intention to produce weapons if U.N. sanctions were weakened or lifted, a judgment they said was based on documents signed by senior leaders and the debriefings of former Iraqi scientists and top officials, as well as other records.

Now given how France, Germany, and Russia were very actively working to weaken the sanctions on Iraq for years leading up to Bush finally taking charge in ending Saddam's regime, this sounds to me like an absolute imminent threat. Had the US not done so, packed up our troops and went home (or not brought them to bear in the first place), the Axis of Weasels&trade likely would have succeeded, the sanctions would be eroded, giving Saddam what he had been waiting for for over a decade. And we would then have yet another regime to deal with that would be overtly hostile to us, bristling with WMD capability, but this time newly infused with enthusiastic European trade agreements.

...then Kerry's comments regarding the al-Qaida - Iraq connections are also rather dubious when we are in the process of squashing an insurgency led by Jordan-born al-Zarqawi, a prominent member of al Qaida...

But... I digress, as I said I wasn't going to get into all that -- what struck me most here was that Kerry seems to have flip flopped on Iraq yet again! In his speech today he is saying that given what he knows now he apparently would not have done it. This seemed to me rather strange given:
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz., Aug. 9 -- Responding to President Bush's challenge to clarify his position, Sen. John F. Kerry said Monday that he still would have voted to authorize the war in Iraq even if he had known then that U.S. and allied forces would not find weapons of mass destruction.

...from the Washington Post on August 9 for example...

If this is how Carville et al are getting Kerry to attack Bush's decision on Iraq, I think its time he get yet another team... He'd better do it quick though, he's down to less than 2 months!

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