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French and Germans don't like Kerry either

This is devastating news for the Kerry campaign. They had decided that their whole closing strategy would be to argue that "Kerry could get French and Germany to bail us out of a doomed Iraq." ... But the French and the Germans won't play along.

No French or German turn on Iraq

French and German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected on November 2.

Mr Kerry, who has attacked President George W. Bush for failing to broaden the US-led alliance in Iraq, has pledged to improve relations with European allies and increase international military assistance in Iraq.

"I cannot imagine that there will be any change in our decision not to send troops, whoever becomes president," Gert Weisskirchen, member of parliament and foreign policy expert for Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party, said in an interview. ...

A French government official said: "People don't expect that much would change under a Kerry administration, even if things can only get better. We do not anticipate a sudden honeymoon in the event Kerry replaces Bush.

A German government spokesman declined to comment on the outcome of the US presidential election. But the feeling in Chancellor Gerhard SchrŲder's office is that, if anything, Berlin is growing less rather than more likely to change its mind as security conditions deteriorate in Iraq. ...

In fact, high-ranking German officials are privately concerned at the prospect of Mr Kerry becoming president, arguing it would not change US demands but make it more difficult to reject them.

Kerry has reduced his campaign to a single talking point that he could get France and Germany to help out. Now they say they are not interested.

The talking point was, in and of itself, ludicrous. How on earth could a candidate in one country run on the notion he could control another county's leaders? Ironically, Kerry finally found some discipline and it was on a losing line.

Now the reality of the situation has smacked the Kerry campaign squarely in the face. Anybody wanna talk about the economy?


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Comments (15)

All is folly. The great in... (Below threshold)

All is folly. The great internationalist, Mr. Kerry, would see his dream of Old Europe coming to his aid vanish.

First, who the hell says th... (Below threshold)

First, who the hell says these guys have an Army to send in the first place? Half of Germanys military budget is for pensions and they can barely operate with NATO exercises,they have no heavy lift and the cant work with night vision systems. Second, with Kerry running off the mouth saying "Wrong war, Wrong way, Wrong time" is anyone surprised that people overseas dont want to sign on? Who's he kidding?

In that article, the next s... (Below threshold)

In that article, the next sentence mentions only that changing of leadership in both countries (USA/IRAQ) would convince them to help.

I think that is interesting and I wonder if Kerry's obvious disrespect issued at Allawi and his failure to appear in DC for his speech says anything about intent to France. A typical passive aggressive liberal ploy that almost says they are open to new leadership in Iraq?

I don't know, I just was really bothered about Kerry not appearing in DC. It seemed stupid to miss a photo op like that, but maybe there is more to it than that.

Call me a pain in the ass, ... (Below threshold)
Jack:

Call me a pain in the ass, but did you mean to say "This is deviating news?" I would have thought that you were looking for devastating.

Anyway, I agree with the rest of your post. Kerry is hanging on because he is not Bush.

HEY! My spell checker told ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

HEY! My spell checker told me it was right!
thanks

I wonder if typo-blogger.co... (Below threshold)
Paul:

I wonder if typo-blogger.com is taken

Wait a minute.....De... (Below threshold)

Wait a minute.....
Deviating or DEVESTATING?
Both.
But I think devestating is far more apt, as this is the only issue Lurch has even attempted to 'address'.

The irony being that they h... (Below threshold)
DelphiGuy:

The irony being that they have just confirmed what many on the right have believed since Kerry started making these silly statements.

Unfortunately, the Liberal ... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Unfortunately, the Liberal media isn't covering this story. They are obviously coordinating their stories with the DNC talking-point-du jour. The message is: we are losing in Iraq, we're in a quagmire, Bush is a liar, Kerry is a warrior. In fact, when I was watching Sen. Joe Biden's diatribe on Fox News Sunday, I had to turn to CNN to see if the US troops had surrendered.

This just in: Senator Kerry says in Wisconsin that President Bush has a secret plan that will hurt dairy farmers. Is this guy for real? If he were a Republican, the MSM would have laughed him out of the race a long time ago.

It seems clear that the Eur... (Below threshold)

It seems clear that the Euros don't think Kerry is going to be in a position to ask them for help anyway. The unequivocal nature of the statement implies that they are trying not to piss off the President by assuming his demise. Obviously they have nothing meaningful to offer in the way of troops even if they were cooperative, but this dismissal out of hand is an ominous sign for the Kerry campaign.

Froggy

It seems clear that the Eur... (Below threshold)

It seems clear that the Euros don't think Kerry is going to be in a position to ask them for help anyway. The unequivocal nature of the statement implies that they are trying not to piss off the President by assuming his demise. Obviously they have nothing meaningful to offer in the way of troops even if they were cooperative, but this dismissal out of hand is an ominous sign for the Kerry campaign.

Froggy

It seems clear that the Eur... (Below threshold)

It seems clear that the Euros don't think Kerry is going to be in a position to ask them for help anyway. The unequivocal nature of the statement implies that they are trying not to piss off the President by assuming his demise. Obviously they have nothing meaningful to offer in the way of troops even if they were cooperative, but this dismissal out of hand is an ominous sign for the Kerry campaign.

Froggy

Do you think with the race ... (Below threshold)
Response:

Do you think with the race so close right now, Germany or France would commit to something like that? They're basically staying out of foreign politics, which is the best policy. Who's to say that once Kerry gets into the Whitehouse that he won't be able to persuade them that it would be beneficial for them to help out? Maybe, if he let them get some fo the re-construction contracts in Iraq that Bush denied them to funnel to Haliburton, they might be more pliable? You never know.

Do you think with the race ... (Below threshold)
Response:

Do you think with the race so close right now, Germany or France would commit to something like that? They're basically staying out of foreign politics, which is the best policy. Who's to say that once Kerry gets into the Whitehouse that he won't be able to persuade them that it would be beneficial for them to help out? Maybe, if he let them get some fo the re-construction contracts in Iraq that Bush denied them to funnel to Haliburton, they might be more pliable? You never know.

You mean Kerry will bribe t... (Below threshold)
Jim:

You mean Kerry will bribe them with the promise of contracts? Hmmmm. Wasn't it Kerry who claimed the members of the coalition were corerced and bribed? Plus, do we really want the French Foreign Legion in Iraq? They're freaking animals. Just ask anyone in the US military who has dealt with them. Ohhh, and there's that mother of all talking points -- Halliburton. Of course, many don't remember than Theresa "Mama T" Kerry was a major stockholder and board member for Halliburton. And Bill Clinton gave Halliburton more no-bid contracts than any president in the company's history.




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