Monday, December 09, 2002

Kerry-mandering: One hopes that Kerry showed more decisiveness in Vietnam than he does now as a policy-maker. This recent piece from The New Republic shows the excellent contrast between Kerry the speaker and Kerry the actor. He constantly uses war analogies and refers back to his service continually while at the same time, he won't commit to action against Iraq (despite Russert asking him three different ways). Most importantly, he won't say why. The TNR article makes the point of showing that Kerry's main objection to any action in Iraq seems to be that Bush would be acting in a unilateral manner ... even if he's justified. Kerry requires "imminent" danger before he'd act without the U.N. This doesn't shape up to a principled stand against war. It's a principled stand against Bush getting credit for a successful one.

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