Skip to comments.Sen. Kerry Ought To Tell Voters How He Would Foil Al-Qaida
Posted on 03/20/2004 2:04:32 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
All the world knows how President Bush deals with organized terror directed at America. He believes in military action to destroy its bases and neutralize its leaders, wherever they are. Where the presumed Democratic challenger stands is less clear. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts has said that Bush's foreign policy of triumphalism ``fuels the fire of jihadists,'' but now he doesn't seem so sure.
After terrorists blew up trains in Madrid, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean tried to help the Kerry campaign by repeating the theme of blaming Bush, saying, ``The president was the one who dragged our troops to Iraq, which apparently has been a factor in the death of 200 Spaniards over the weekend.''
Kerry immediately backed away from that, saying, ``It's not our position.``
So what is his position? Kerry says, ```When it comes to protecting America from terrorism, this administration is big on bluster and is short on action. But as we saw again last week in Spain, real action is what we need.''
Kerry used to say that Bush ``exaggerated'' the terror threat. Now he promises to do a better job protecting the homeland and demands real action. What kind of action?
He would use military force, he says, but only when ``appropriate.''
Kerry also calls for wiser diplomacy. He has said unnamed leaders support him and not Bush. Now he says he doesn't want foreign endorsements. Among those openly supporting Kerry is Spain's new socialist leader, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, elected a few days after terrorists blew up commuter trains in Madrid.
The prime minister-elect says Spain will be safer if he pulls Spanish troops out of Iraq. Kerry says no, the Spanish troops ought to stay. So what does he have in common with Zapatero, who wants to be less friendly with the United States and more friendly with France and Germany?
Vice President Dick Cheney asks Kerry to explain the source of his foreign support: ``It is our business when a candidate for president claims the political endorsement of foreign leaders. At the very least, we have a right to know what he is saying to foreign leaders that makes them so supportive of his candidacy.''
Cheney notes that Kerry has dismissed our allies helping occupy Iraq as ``a coalition of the coerced and the bribed.''
Asks Cheney, ``How would Sen. Kerry describe Great Britain - coerced, or bribed? ... He speaks as if only those who openly oppose America's objectives have a chance of earning his respect.''
We don't blame Kerry for backing away from Dean's thoughtless rhetoric about Spain. But at least Dean said something consistent with Kerry's past position. Kerry owes it to the country to say clearly where he stands.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., points up to where he was after completing a three-hour trek up and down a mountain in Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Ketchum, Idaho Friday, March 19, 2004. Kerry snowshoed up and snowboarded down from about a 2000-foot ridge. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola
KERRY CALLED SECRET SERVICE AGENT 'SON OF A B*TCH' AFTER SLOPE SPILL [Full Text] Dem presidential candidate John Kerry called his secret service agent a "son of a bitch" after the agent inadvertently moved into his path during a ski mishap in Idaho, sending Kerry falling into the snow.
When asked a moment later about the incident by a reporter on the ski run, Kerry said sharply, "I don't fall down," the "son of a b*itch knocked me over."
The Secret Service agent in question has complained about Kerry's treatment, top sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
Last month, Kerry began receiving Secret Service protection.
"Obviously, the complications and burden of being monitored 24-hours a day is not just an a simple inconvenience," a government source explained Friday. "But Senator Kerry should understand agents are working for his safety and well-being."
On Friday, Kerry, his snowboard strapped to his back, hiked past 9,000 feet on Durrance Peak, then snowboarded down the mountain, taking repeated tumbles. Reporters counted six falls, although Kerry was out of sight for part of the descent.
Kerry stands by Bush criticismCONCORD, N.H. -- John Kerry said Monday he stands by his profanity-laced assessment of President Bush's policy in Iraq. The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine quotes the Democratic presidential hopeful on the success of rival Howard Dean and the former Vermont governor's anti-war message.
"When I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country," Kerry responded. "Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, `I'm against everything?' Sure. Did I expect George Bush to f--- it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did."***
Al Gore and his young son on the summit of Mt. Rainier
Word about Gore from on high -- he and son are on Mount Rainier***Vice President Al Gore and his son are vacationing on Mount Rainier as part of a private, unpublicized family visit, an official at the White House said yesterday.
Asked about the visit, a senior member of Gore's staff said last night, "The vice president is on vacation in the West with his son," Albert Gore III. "Beyond that, I cannot comment."
Gore, an avid jogger and hiker, told the Post-Intelligencer last September that he was eager to climb the 14,411-foot-high volcano at some point in 1999, if he could spare the time.
The White House official who acknowledged that Gore was on Rainier would not comment for attribution. He said the trip has been kept so secret that even many senior staff and presidential campaign aides were not informed of it. A Democratic Party adviser confirmed that account of the visit.***
Insightful article: Kerry's World: Father Knows Best***There are differences, to be sure, between Richard and John Kerry. Over the course of his political career, John Kerry has occasionally endorsed the use of force, as in the cases of Panama and Kosovo, and he has always found a rhetorical place for morality in his foreign policy pronouncements. But, more often than not, even as John Kerry stumps for president, the similarities shine through. Last month, for example, Kerry charged that the administration's "high-handed treatment of our European allies, on everything from Iraq to the Kyoto climate-change treaty, has strained relations nearly to the breaking point." It should be no surprise to hear John Kerry worry about European allies and to strike such liberal internationalist notes. These ideas aren't just deeply felt; they're in his blood.***
Then he could do a Leonard Zelig and transform himself into one of them. While they're unconscious he could spritz them with Spray Formula A-673-5-K to the second power, a Martian home remedy found on page 64--it makes it made anyone who smells it fall instantly in love with "Uncle Martin". Then like St. Urho he could lead the insects to the coast where they can marry one another and live happily after ever.
So does Ex-Commander-Im-Peached, Bill Clinton.
It's none of your business!!
Especially when you're trying to get some tail without Teresa finding about it. By November, Kerry is gonna have the worst case of blue balls ever known to mankind.
The FNC aired a clip of Kerry being interviewed on CBS's Face The Nation between the time he voted "for" the 87 billion dollar funding for U.S. troops and his ultimate vote against that same bill.
The FNC panel then had some choice words afterwards.
Audio was grabbed from Hugh Hewitt's brilliant yack show on the dial......
Squeeze here for audio
You gotta hear this audio---then remember that HE voted AGAINST the $87 Billion for Iraq.
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