Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Spinelessness Masquerading as Sophistication
from the mind of  ME=mc^2.

An article in last Wednesday's Washington Post uncovered a 1994 interview with John Kerry discussing the prospect of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia: "If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no." For all of Mr. Kerry's flip-flops, he has actually been remarkably consistent about his reluctance to use American military power. And this quote is deeply revealing.

Mr. Kerry clearly harbors a deep-seated and visceral distrust of American intentions and a belief that America is what's wrong with the world. Mr. Kerry's rhetoric and record bear this out: His testimony to the U.S. Senate in 1971 when he slurred his fellow veterans as war criminals, his championing of a nuclear freeze during the cold war, the litany of weapons systems he voted against during his twenty years in the Senate, his 1994 comment that only the U.N. -- but not America -- is worth dying for, his "global test" a president must pass before committing troops to war -- they all fall into place. They all show that he lacks the conviction that America is good and worth defending.

This distrust has caused Mr. Kerry to consistently come down on the wrong side of history: He opposed the American intervention in Vietnam, and the collapse of the South resulted in mass murder, millions of refugees, and millions more sent to Communist reeducation camps; he supported Daniel Ortega and his Soviet backed Communist tyrrany in Nicaragua; he opposed stopping the genocide in Bosnia without the UN; he opposed putting an end to Iraq's plundering of Kuwait; and he now opposes the removal of Saddam Hussein and the present efforts to implant democracy in Iraq. In each instance Mr. Kerry shows himself to be a person who lacks the moral courage to stop an atrocity. He is spinelessness masquerading as sophistication.

How can such a person be president?


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