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Flash Back - Post 911 John Kerry Blamed US Insensitivity for Attacks
Fox News Sunday | 9-16-01 | John Kerry

Posted on 01/21/2004 1:44:53 PM PST by tallhappy

Given Jon Kerry's now front running status, I thought it would be important to go back and look at his immediate post 911 comments on Fox News Sunday. He rolled out the classic blame America line and implied we were contributory in provoking attacks by our hostility and policies that alienated people. Here's the interview transcript:

SNOW: Senator Kerry, earlier on the broadcast -- I want to go back to something you mentioned earlier. Earlier on the broadcast, Attorney General Ashcroft was talking about a series of changes he thinks we need to do to improve our domestic vigilance.

You referred to a bit of that when you were discussing money laundering. We have a series of laws to deal with drug dealers in terms of seizing their property, seizing their assets, the kinds of intelligence we can do on them, what we can do with their money and so on.

Do we need to apply that immediately to terrorists? And furthermore, do we need to be able to expand the FBI's ability to do domestic counter- intelligence?

KERRY: There is no question that we will have to change some of the laws in order to deal with terrorism. A lot of us have been trying to do that for some period of time in various sectors, and we've met with resistance because it was deemed to interfere with the normal course of business or, in some people's mind, to weigh too heavily on one side of the balance of how we view our freedoms of the country. But this, I think, has changed that. I'm confident Congress will respond.

But let me say one other thing we need to do, and some people will not probably appreciate this, but I think it's an honest statement of what the United States needs to do.

Globalization and technology have changed the perception of the United States in the world. And there are many of us who feel that we have not been doing enough or sensitive enough to the way in which we are perceived by many countries. We need to not only be tough here, we need to not only respond and ferret out Osama bin Laden, but we need to also listen. We need to also be thoughtful in some of the policies so that we can build friendships and build relationships around the globe and not be alienating quite as many people as we have, I think.

And also, we have to be be particularly sensitive to the rest of Islam and the Islamic world. This cannot be done in a way that lumps everybody into the same pool. There are distinctions here. Osama bin Laden is a perversion of Islam. In fact, the Taliban, many of the leaders of the Taliban are not even trained deeply in religiously. They don't have a deep background in religious training. They have taken Islam and they are changing Islam.

And what Islam itself needs is almost a reaffirmation, if you will. It needs to stand up and speak to the world about its peacefulness and its ability to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

And we need to be certain that we don't make matters worse in the ways in which we choose to do this. I think that is absolutely essential. And there's much we can do in our foreign policy, in my judgment, to be much more proactive, much more thoughtful and much more sensitive to the needs of the rest of this planet.

Originally posted Sept. 17, 2001


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; 911; blameamerica; johnkerry
As front runner Kerry needs to be asked in high profile interviews what he meant. Does he really still say that our policies that he claims alienated people contributed to the 911 attacks?
1 posted on 01/21/2004 1:44:54 PM PST by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
Would those be Clinton/Democratic policies?
2 posted on 01/21/2004 1:47:55 PM PST by eyespysomething (Another American optimist!)
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To: tallhappy
"Why do they hate us?" megasobs.
3 posted on 01/21/2004 1:49:40 PM PST by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: tallhappy; Howlin; Dog; prairiebreeze; Wait4Truth; PhiKapMom
What a good find on Kerry.

Howlin - you may want to use your ping list for this one.
4 posted on 01/21/2004 1:50:52 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: tallhappy
Being "sensitive" is okay if your half a man!America has been too sensitive and that is what has caused this problem.Being "sensitive" is a sign of weakness and our enemies percieved this,thus the attacks.
5 posted on 01/21/2004 1:56:48 PM PST by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: tallhappy
And there are many of us who feel that we have not been doing enough or sensitive enough to the way in which we are perceived by many countries.

So he's saying that the people on those airplanes, and the folks working in the World Trade Center & Pentagon were not sensitive enough? They didn't listen enough? They weren't kind enough? Kerry's comments seem like a horrible thing to say about these people.

I'm glad you posted this. It's a horrible thing to read, but with Kerry as the front runner we can't turn away from his abhorant words.

6 posted on 01/21/2004 2:00:56 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: tallhappy
Kerry's a typical UN-clinging apologist. He holds America totally responsible for the worlds perceptions but doesn't require any accountability to the those people in the world who hate American in regard to their own role and choices they make in their determining their "perceptions" and ideas about America.

Kerry has the unfortunate juvenile desire for everybody to "like" him. He extends that dangerous attitude toward America. He evidently thinks that if enough "meaningful dialogue" can just occur between fanatical murderous terrorists and us, then we will convince them to give up their hatred and like us.

Kerry and his ilk are a danger to freedom-loving people everywhere. And the fool doesn't even realize it!

Prairie
7 posted on 01/21/2004 2:06:17 PM PST by prairiebreeze (God Bless and Protect the Allied Troops. And the families here at home---they are soldiers too.)
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To: prairiebreeze
He holds America totally responsible for the worlds perceptions but doesn't require any accountability to the those people in the world who hate American in regard to their own role and choices they make in their determining their "perceptions" and ideas about America.

Lets try that again. He holds America totally responsible for the worlds perceptions but doesn't require any accountability of those people in the world who hate America regarding their own role and the choices they make in determining their "perceptions", ideas and hatred about America.

Prairie

8 posted on 01/21/2004 2:10:56 PM PST by prairiebreeze (God Bless and Protect the Allied Troops. And the families here at home---they are soldiers too.)
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To: tallhappy
Kerry -- speaks loudly and carries a small stick.
9 posted on 01/21/2004 2:10:59 PM PST by rageaholic
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To: Ukiapah Heep
"Why do they hate us?"

We will have won the war on terror when we see that headline.... in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Egypt.
10 posted on 01/21/2004 2:21:02 PM PST by self_evident
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To: 68skylark
So he's saying that the people on those airplanes, and the folks working in the World Trade Center & Pentagon were not sensitive enough? They didn't listen enough? They weren't kind enough? Kerry's comments seem like a horrible thing to say about these people.

That about sums it up

11 posted on 01/21/2004 2:24:55 PM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: tallhappy
KEYWORDS: 911; BLAMEAMERICA; JOHNKERRY;
12 posted on 01/21/2004 2:47:36 PM PST by samtheman
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To: tallhappy; All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1062437/posts
John Kerry- some selected, informative links...
various FR links | 01-21-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
13 posted on 01/21/2004 3:04:13 PM PST by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the TrackBall into the Sunset...)
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To: tallhappy
BTTT
14 posted on 01/21/2004 3:19:14 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: tallhappy
The Democrats and the left (...but I repeat myself) reflexively blame America first whenever something tragic happens in the world. Blame America first!...and they wonder why we question their patriotism.
15 posted on 01/21/2004 3:46:14 PM PST by My2Cents ("Failure is not an option.")
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To: tallhappy
to be much more proactive, much more thoughtful and much more sensitive to the needs of the rest of this planet.

Well, why don't we ask the Muslims to be more sensitive to our needs (not to be killed, for example)? Oh, I guess they're different...my mistake.

Kerry is going to need a big Barf Alert throughout his entire campaign.

16 posted on 01/21/2004 3:47:50 PM PST by livius
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To: prairiebreeze
Kerry's a typical UN-clinging apologist.

Perhaps he should be running for Secty. General of the United Nations, not President of the United States.

BTW, whenever you hear Kerry refer to "America's allies," insert "France" right there.

17 posted on 01/21/2004 3:48:03 PM PST by My2Cents ("Failure is not an option.")
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To: tallhappy
This is bad for Kerry.
18 posted on 01/21/2004 9:13:14 PM PST by Jorge
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To: tallhappy
I don't hate many people, but I just hate people who try to blame 9/11 on the US. 9/11 was perpetrated by a bunch of criminal sickos, and we should never forget it. And we should not let the Kerry's of the world try to shift the blame to the US.

We were ATTACKED, Senator Kerry. At least "W" understands that fact and knows what to do about it. "W" has more leadership in his little fingernail than Sen. Kerry and all his whining compatriots have in their whole beings.

19 posted on 01/22/2004 10:48:23 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tallhappy
And, furthermore, the Islamic population doesn't understand our mea culpas. They only understand a show of strength. Witness Gadaffi!
20 posted on 01/22/2004 10:51:23 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tallhappy
our policies are inconsistent......have been for decades....nothing new there......but the world has profoundly changed and new perceptions will breed new methods......much like the 9/11 terrorists.....we need to respond in kind.....but what exactly that is, can not be known with the degenerate intelligence systems/ops that remained post-cold war (many of our middle east contacts were terminated in the early-mid nineties; they'd be handy now; but we're improving)......the most obvious and available response is not always the best.....but regardless, it better not be the only trick you have in your bag......understanding the nature of the problem (much like understanding your enemy) is the first step in solving it....could that be what candidate Kerry is saying? Hmmm....
21 posted on 01/26/2004 12:13:34 PM PST by bbrq
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Note: this topic was posted 1/21/2004. Thanks tallhappy.
23 posted on 03/02/2014 12:22:58 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: tallhappy
Do we need to apply that immediately to terrorists? And furthermore, do we need to be able to expand the FBI's ability to do domestic counter- intelligence?

These 'elite liberals' were more than happy to go after the 'vast right wing conspiracy' but NOT to hurt the feelings of radical Muslims. That's obvious once the code is broken.

Elite-liberal-speak - the code becomes clear when we see their actions in our own time ... targeting Tea Party members while 'protecting' radical muslims.

24 posted on 03/02/2014 12:31:52 PM PST by GOPJ ("Putin's playing chess ... we’re playing marbles" - - Mike Rogers, R-Mich)
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