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US forces could strike Iraq in "short order": top senator [John Kerry Flashback!]
Agence France Presse | 12-16-1998

Posted on 01/27/2004 6:45:28 PM PST by jmstein7

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (AFP) - US forces in the Gulf could strike Iraq "in short order," Senator John Kerry told reporters Wednesday, adding that military action was "quite likely."

The US military will "be able to take action in short order," he said after being briefed at the White House, adding "a day of reckoning with (Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein is inevitable."

Kerry, who sits on the Senate foreign relations and select intelligence committees, added that it was time "to hold him accountable with the use of military force."

The Massachusetts Democrat added he would be "very surprised if it (US action) went beyond the weekend," adding that Washington was aware of the impending Moslem holiday of Ramadan.

In a bid to deflect charges that President Bill Clinton's impeachment woes were driving US policy, Kerry said "Saddam Hussein is responsible for the coincidence, Saddam Hussein is responsible for the timing."

"He has toyed with the United Nations, the United States and its allies and UNSCOM," the UN agency charged with dismantling Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, said Kerry.

"Reasonable people, those who have been following (the evolving crisis) cannot question the legitimacy of this moment" he stressed, adding "this has nothing to do with impeachment."

The pending impeachment vote has not distracted Clinton, who has "a great capacity to separate this from other things (and) a remarkable ability to stay focused on the issues," said Kerry.

Kerry's comments came after some US lawmakers had suggested Clinton's motives were questionable because on Thursday he faces just the second presidential House impeachment vote in US history.


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: 1998; 2004; clinton; desertfox; iraq; johnkerry; x42
Can we say "hypocrite"?
1 posted on 01/27/2004 6:45:29 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: Mich0127
BUMP!
2 posted on 01/27/2004 6:48:07 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
Supertasty
3 posted on 01/27/2004 6:58:52 PM PST by sirshackleton
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To: jmstein7
The US military will "be able to take action in short order," he said after being briefed at the White House, adding "a day of reckoning with (Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein is inevitable."

Kerry, who sits on the Senate foreign relations and select intelligence committees, added that it was time "to hold him accountable with the use of military force."

The Massachusetts Democrat added he would be "very surprised if it (US action) went beyond the weekend," adding that Washington was aware of the impending Moslem holiday of Ramadan

Seems that Kerry was only in favor of Clitnoon's tokenfrivouls action. Not anything which would actually protect our national interest.

4 posted on 01/27/2004 7:00:14 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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The LIBs just hate it when FR goes out and Haunts Them with their own words. Besides they can't do an exorcism, they don't believe in priests or ministers or God.

Don't you just love it?
5 posted on 01/27/2004 7:00:59 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: BenLurkin
Kerry: Weekend Warrior?
6 posted on 01/27/2004 7:01:18 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: SandRat
Indeed!
7 posted on 01/27/2004 7:01:54 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
Well, well... it seems like the Boy Wonder of super-socialism speaks quite differently about military action depending on which party occupies the White House.
Obviously, Kerry's enthusiasm for an attack on Iraq had nothing to do with diverting attention from Slick Willy's peculiarities... [irony]
8 posted on 01/27/2004 7:04:41 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: jmstein7
"He has toyed with the United Nations, the United States and its allies and UNSCOM," the UN agency charged with dismantling Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, said Kerry.

Huh? Thought they didn't have any.

9 posted on 01/27/2004 7:05:02 PM PST by THX 1138
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To: jmstein7; ALOHA RONNIE
The US military will "be able to take action in short order," he said after being
briefed at the White House, adding
"a day of reckoning with (Iraqi President)
Saddam Hussein is inevitable."


LOL! Good thing that Dubya kept Kerry from bein' a liar!
10 posted on 01/27/2004 7:07:53 PM PST by VOA
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To: jmstein7
John Effing Kerry is an absolute effing hypocrite! Rich man posing as a populist; war hero who threw away 'his' medals; voted to authorize the Iraq war but claims he didn't think the President would actually do it; and on and on.
11 posted on 01/27/2004 7:09:58 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan
As the media won't do it, it falls on us to remind the public of these things.
12 posted on 01/27/2004 7:11:40 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
Is there a live link to this story?
13 posted on 01/27/2004 7:45:01 PM PST by AlwaysLurking
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To: AlwaysLurking
Not that I know of. Too "old", in internet terms.
14 posted on 01/27/2004 7:46:39 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: MeeknMing
BUMP!
15 posted on 01/27/2004 7:48:03 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
Nice find. Rove's lurkers will enjoy it.
16 posted on 01/27/2004 7:51:13 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
I aim to please.
17 posted on 01/27/2004 7:52:52 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
Yaaaawn Cash & Kerry will be quoted as saying, "who you goin to believe, me or my two mouths??" No follow-up questions by PravdABDNC.

Pray for W and The Truth

18 posted on 01/27/2004 7:58:35 PM PST by bray (The Wicked Witch of NY and Her (9-6) Flying Monkeys are In Flames!)
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To: bray
BUMP!
19 posted on 01/27/2004 8:01:13 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
I aim to please.

Good but keep lifting the seat just the same.

20 posted on 01/27/2004 8:10:12 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Unless you happen to be Larry David. In that case, keep the seat DOWN.

:)
21 posted on 01/27/2004 8:11:24 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
You da Man, jmstein!
22 posted on 01/27/2004 8:25:43 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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To: MeeknMing
A Meek-a-Bump?

:)
23 posted on 01/27/2004 8:27:16 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
bump.
24 posted on 01/27/2004 8:41:27 PM PST by jonno (We are NOT a democracy - though we are democratic. We ARE a constitutional republic.)
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To: jmstein7
Where is this article? I can't find it with either a google or news search. I like to check sources before I pass anything along.
25 posted on 01/27/2004 11:38:14 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: jmstein7
Truth/hypocrisy bump back atcha !! Thanks !

John 'F' Kerry ...


26 posted on 01/28/2004 6:52:52 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: jmstein7
Mornin' ! My 'clock' works different than most folks. I usually retire early and get up early.

Just now catchin' up to ya ! :O)


27 posted on 01/28/2004 7:07:06 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: hotpotato
Google? I use real research tools -- Lexis-Nexis. The source is Agence France Presse, which is as reliable as AP or Reuters, so fear not.
28 posted on 01/28/2004 7:21:41 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
BUMP!
29 posted on 01/28/2004 7:35:10 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
That doesn't answer my question. What is your link? Why aren't you providing it?
30 posted on 01/28/2004 2:59:29 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: jmstein7
Rove will have plenty on Ugly Lurch for the campaign.
31 posted on 01/28/2004 3:01:42 PM PST by petercooper (We did not have to prove Saddam had WMD, he had to prove he didn't.)
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To: hotpotato
There is no link - this is archived information that can only be accessed through pay services such as Lexis-Nexis.
32 posted on 01/28/2004 3:17:05 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
Too bad. Without a link, I wouldn't pass it on. No matter. Someone has posted a really good article from NRO.

Vetting the Vet Record (More exposure of Kerry Lies)

33 posted on 01/28/2004 3:51:32 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: jmstein7
btw, why isn't the author's name included?
34 posted on 01/28/2004 3:52:46 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: hotpotato
AFP is a wire service, like reuters... there isn't an author for general press releases.
35 posted on 01/28/2004 3:53:30 PM PST by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7
BUMP!
36 posted on 01/28/2004 4:49:45 PM PST by jmstein7
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