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Kerry's Latest Iraq Policy -- Bush In Iraq Edition

A reader who is on John Kerry's mailing list sent me the email below. It was written before President Bush made his surprise visit to Iraq, but I thought the occasion of that visit was the perfect opportunity to consider what might have been if Kerry had won the presidency and had any power to implement his everchanging policies (the ones he was for, before he was against them). The Kerry email follows:

No American leader can remain silent on Iraq.

The outcome of what is now a civil war in Iraq cannot be determined by American military force. It has to be solved by Iraqis brought together to hammer out their differences. Period. It is time for Iraqis to stand up for Iraq.

Our soldiers are fighting and dying in the third war in Iraq -- not the war for mythical weapons of mass destruction or the war President Bush said had to be fought against armies of foreign jihadists, but an escalating civil war between Sunni and Shia.

Meanwhile, dissent and debate are being stifled here at home. It's time to act -- and this week, perhaps as early as tomorrow, every U.S. Senator will have that chance.

In the next 24 hours, it is likely that the Senate will vote on my amendment which calls for the withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq by the end of this year. For months, you and I have been pressing for this step. We've made it clear that we needed to set deadlines in Iraq -- and with the formation of an Iraqi unity government and the killing of Al-Zarqawi, this is a moment of truth in Iraq.

Now a critical vote is at hand. Our brave soldiers have done their work. It's time to put the future of Iraq in the hands of the Iraqi people.

Urge your Senators to support withdrawal of combat troops by the end of 2006

I don't know how many Senators will stand with me on this vote. But, I do know this: pushing the Iraqi government to coordinate with us on withdrawal of U.S. combat troops and pressing for the convening of a Dayton-like summit to reach a comprehensive political agreement for Iraq is the right thing to do. And we can't stop working for that outcome until we make it a reality.

Every Senator that chooses to stand with us will add momentum to our call for an end to the misguided and self-defeating policies of the Bush administration.

Urge your Senators to support withdrawal of combat troops by the end of 2006

Changing America's course in Iraq is one of the toughest political challenges you and I have ever taken on. But, we won't relent until we get the job done -- and we have to make the most of every opportunity to make ourselves heard.

I will be making myself heard on the floor of the United States Senate -- loudly and clearly. You can make our call for a dramatic change in direction even louder and clearer. Please don't hesitate before acting.

Sincerely,

John Kerry


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Comments (29)

Of course he IS NOT advocat... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Of course he IS NOT advocating cutting and running. Nope. Not Mr. War Hero himself.

If Kerry were President, he... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

If Kerry were President, he wouldn't be in Iraq now.

He'd be in Iran, shaking hands with Ahmajackass, congratulating him on developing nuclear weapons.

Kerry once stated that if y... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf:

Kerry once stated that if you did not believe Iraq was trying to develope nuclear weapons to not vote for him. I guess those are the mythical WMD he was referring to. Kerry is a liar and an idiot. Christmas in Cambodia seared into his memory. The searing did a lot of damage.

What infuriates me to no en... (Below threshold)
Brad:

What infuriates me to no end is his continuous mocking of the reason we're there (that he voted for with the same info at hand), and that he knows a deadline for withdrawal is a sure way to inspire the enemy to hold out until said deadline. As big a buffoon as Kerry is, he is smart enough to know this, but he pushes it anyway. For that I find him a horrible piece of shit.

Delusions of granduer for M... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

Delusions of granduer for Mr. French.


Evidently the entire left h... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Evidently the entire left has abandoned Hanoi John. All of the left wing talking heads are on every show they can invade stating that there in no one on the left that wants to 'cut and run'. Sounds like some more pi** poor communications throughout the left wing, or maybe they put Howling Howie in charge of communications. We all know he talks out of both sides of his head. Someone please photoshop him with one big eye(tunnel vision) in his forehead and a mouth on each side of his lying face.

His last sentence, "Please ... (Below threshold)
Retread:

His last sentence, "Please don't hesitate before acting.", I first read as "Please don't think before acting.", but then I removed the rose-colored glasses.

Kinda like Al Gore making a speech on global warming on the coldest day of the winter in NYC.

Heck, even Bill "I'm still ... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Heck, even Bill "I'm still searching for a legacy that doesn't involve a stained blue dress" Clinton said yesterday we can't pull out of Iraq until the political situation is stable. The Dems in Florida he was speaking to didn't much like hearing that. They must be pretty Murtha-rized.

The more john kerry tighten... (Below threshold)
moseby:

The more john kerry tightens his grip on cowardism the more votes will slip through his fingers.

inspired by some of these c... (Below threshold)

inspired by some of these comments, I pulled some relevant Kerry quotes re: WMD from my records and put together a quick post of them...you can see it by clicking through via my username below, I didn't want to cut and paste it all into a huge comment here.

"Meanwhile, dissent and ... (Below threshold)
cmd:

"Meanwhile, dissent and debate are being stifled here at home. . ."

Oh, Christ on a crutch - not that lazy cliche again!

If dissent is being "stifled," then why isn't your ass in Gitmo, Jean-Francois? Why didn't Dick Cheney's black-suited SS haul your windsurfing, treasonous butt out of Teresa's wallet and throw you in jail? Why, in fact, is all I hear from the left incessant caterwauling about how their right to speak is being trampled?

How can we stifle you if you won't shut up?

Isn't it funny how lefties ... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Isn't it funny how lefties always decry the so-called "stiffling of dissent" while they're engaged in the very act of dissenting?

Morons.

"How can we stifle you if y... (Below threshold)

"How can we stifle you if you won't shut up?"

Oh, that's glorious. :-)

The reason so many Democrat... (Below threshold)
RA:

The reason so many Democrats are calling for us to cut and run in Iraq ia because they are sared to death we will win in Iraq and the American people will not trust them with foreign policy for the next 25 years. LOL

RA -Like they'd be... (Below threshold)

RA -

Like they'd be trusted NOW? I don't think so!

Man, we dodged a big damn bullet when Kerry lost.

Kerry's policy on Iraq is N... (Below threshold)

Kerry's policy on Iraq is NOT "cut and run."

It is "disengage and redeploy."


There's a HUGE difference: the latter formulation makes it sound like he knows what he is talking about. That's very important.

Wow. What clueless bunch of... (Below threshold)
Jason:

Wow. What clueless bunch of warmongerers. Will you guys ever learn the difference between "going soft" on terror and respect for international sovereignty and just war? Will you ever discern the distinction between "backing down" and seeking other means than WAR? Implicit and totally conflated in your nonsensical "security" babble is that violence is the only answer. You make great bedmates with the very fanatics you claim to vanquish.

Jason is eloquent but sadly... (Below threshold)
SmartGuy:

Jason is eloquent but sadly misguided.

jason:"You make grea... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

jason:
"You make great bedmates with the very fanatics you claim to vanquish. "

Our soldiers vanquish fanatics and you say they are great bedmates. Why do you hate the U.S. military after they have done so much to help the world?

Less:In case you m... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

Less:

In case you missed this.

Les Nessman:

"Why does the Left hate the U.S. military so much?"

The draft during the VietNam war. Most of the left (Hilary et. al.) began during the sixties, when the draft was the dreaded enemy of life. Soldiers were baby killers, and napalm was their weapon of choice. Having gained control over the educational system in this country, they are able to perpetuate the myth. It's kind of like McDonalds; "get um while their young".

OT:

If no democrat is advocating withdrawl from Iraq, then someone please let me know what party Murtha and Kerry belong to. I always thought they were democrats.

Jason,I want yo... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Jason,

I want you to tell me the solution for Iraq.

I never hear from people like you a solution, just criticism and conveniently vague ideas about how to negotiate with terrorists. If you think immediately withdrawing all troops is the answer, can you think past that Jason, can you tell me what would happen to Iraq after they were gone?

Where's your solution?

Jason - go tell that gibber... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Jason - go tell that gibberish to someone like Zarqawi, and see how long your head remains attached to your torso.

Heralder, Iraq is probably... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Heralder, Iraq is probably unsolvable like Palestine, but there must be more than a military solution and this is something that most of the major players still don't recognise, or can't, because of the positions they have staked.

Why does the Left continual... (Below threshold)

Why does the Left continually ignore the legitimately elected Parliament and the formation of a sovereign government in Iraq. I'll tell you why ... they are all closet racists who don't think Iraqis are capable of governing themselves, just like they think all military are murderers and the rest of us are all morons in need of their guidance. They are a pathetic bunch of wimps and cowards.

Once again, as I read the c... (Below threshold)
Billy Bobo:

Once again, as I read the comments from what must be Republican sheep, I can't help but wonder why you all continue to have faith in G.W. Even though Kerry is not the brightest bulb in the lamp, next to King Bush he shines like the sun.
For the love of all that is American, please pass the word to your friends and family to vote for the Dems in November and put a stop to Bush and Co
and put back the pride in America.

Might I suggest that the po... (Below threshold)

Might I suggest that the point of departure for people like Jason and maybe Steve (not sure about Steve) is that WAR is not a separate thing from diplomacy. Suggesting that it's an either/or question misunderstands what it *is*. And when you misunderstand what it is you're going to misunderstand what it is for.

Seeing war as a failure of diplomacy rather than a continuation (or vice versa) misses the coersive nature of non-military international relations, for one thing.

It also gives us this weirdness where someone expresses the belief that us slavering "warmongers" believe that the military is an all-purpose tool and as long as it is employed nothing else can be considered... either... or.

And don't get me started on *sanctions* and the brain-death that allows proponents to see them as benign rather than coersive and violent. Sanctions *depend* wholly on their ability to coerce change through civil misery. Without that they can prompt no change whatsoever.

Oh, and Billy Bobo... I was planning to vote for Bush this election and in 2008, too. But after hearing your plea I promise never to vote for George W. Bush again. Feel better?

Oh I just love it. Pacifis... (Below threshold)
Sherard:

Oh I just love it. Pacifists. Non-violence is the answer. Yeah, those terrorists, they are so into non-violence. We should just try and understand the root causes of their angst and give them what they want, that's the best policy.

Absolutely brilliant!!!!

Synova,I don't think... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Synova,
I don't think our lefty friends read or "get" Clausewitz...

"Nobody starts a war, Claus... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

"Nobody starts a war, Clausewitz wrote, "or, rather, no one in his senses ought to do so, without being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it". Started by someone like Bush (not exactly a Napoleon Bonaparte)who was almost wantonly ill-informed about Iraq and exactly what he wanted, other than regime change...Yes I agree, it would be curious what Clausewitz would have said think about Bush as major strategist with the launching and conduct of this war. Again, Clausewitz "The first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish . . . the kind of war on which they are embarking". I would agree that Bush or rather the neo cons the 'chickenhawks" with no military experience had Clusewitsian 'audacity' but I'm not sure they also had as Clausewitz says (the)"certain grasp of military affairs (which) is vital for those in charge of general policy".




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