: >I'm glad you see my point. So I take it we'll be
: >hearing no more nonsense about how Kerry is an indecisive
: >flip-flopper because "first he voted for it, then he voted
: >against it" with regard to Iraq?
: >--Ralph Kennedy
: Why do you want to take away Dubya's main campaign? Why do you hate America?
: Seriously, why is changing your mind so bad? As time goes by and new
: information comes up, why wouldn't anyone sometimes change their mind? Why
: doesn't Kerry bring up the changes since the vote for war against Iraq?
I know you mean well, and I know you're honest, but this just
drives me batshit crazy.
Kerry didn't vote "for war." He voted to grant that authority
to the President, who at the time was saying publicly that he
hoped to resolve things peacefully.
IMO, it's a very serious thing to vote to cut the legs out from
under the President in a foreign policy matter. The threat to
use force is a huge stick to wield, even if it's never used; for
Congress to withhold permission to use that threat seriously
limits what we are able to do through diplomatic channels.
Kerry should have known better than to trust this administration
to be honest or competent about Iraq. This was that rare case
where the correct decision really was to undermine the executive,
because this executive could be counted on to abuse or***up
anyything it laid its hands on. Without a detailed explanation
from Powell and Rumsfeld:
1. What had to happen for Saddam to avoid war;
2. What troop levels would be needed to execute the war (hey to
3. What the post-regime-change occupation plans were;
4. What we realistically could expect the invasion and occupation
to cost both in dollars and casualties;
then the only reasonable answer to these people would have been,
In any case, the notion that Kerry flip-flopped on the war is
based on a view of the vote so simplistic that it borders on
infantile. You're neither of these things, Bill, but our
fabulous liberal news media are. Don't listen to their rote
regurgitation of "conventional wisdom." It's BS.
Czar Christopher I rec.sport.football.college
"I'm not aware of anyone in the White House who is aware of
anyone who's aware that the President ever was aware of
having made such a comment." --Scott McClellan, 7/21/2004