Skip to comments.Kerry Outlines Strategy Against Terrorism
Posted on 09/24/2004 1:12:08 AM PDT by BigWaveBetty
PHILADELPHIA - John Kerry (news - web sites), intensifying his assault on President Bush (news - web sites)'s record fighting terrorism, is outlining a detailed strategy to contain terrorists and bolster national security.
In a speech for delivery at Temple University, Kerry sought to describe a path that would improve America's prestige in the world and reduce the country's vulnerability to terrorists.
"Our goal is that at the end of that, people will say, 'This guy will seek and defeat the terrorist,'" said spokesman Mike McCurry.
Kerry planned to outline his strategy against terrorism on Friday, a day after telling The Columbus Dispatch that the president's actions in Iraq (news - web sites) and elsewhere show Bush masquerading as a mainstream conservative while pursuing extremist policies.
"I don't view these people as conservatives," Kerry said. "I actually view them as extreme, and I think their policies have been extreme, and that extends all the way to Iraq, where this president, in my judgment, diverted the real war on terror which was Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) and al-Qaida and almost obsessively moved to deal with Iraq in a way that weakened our nation, overextended our armed forces, cost us $200 billion and created a breach in our oldest alliances."
Kerry also mentioned a blurring line between the separation of church and state and the growth of federal budget deficits.
To douse the spread of terrorism, Kerry proposes policies aimed at denying individuals and groups the ability to organize and attack. Kerry would build a better military and intelligence apparatus to go after enemies, deny terrorists weapons and financing, move against worldwide terrorist havens and recruitment centers, and promote freedom and democracy in Muslim nations.
Kerry has repeatedly argued that the war in Iraq has distracted attention and resources from the pursuit of terrorists, including Osama bin Laden.
The Bush-Cheney campaign said that Kerry has held conflicting positions on that point. They point to instances where Kerry said the former Iraqi leader acted like a terrorist and said that the war on terrorism should be seen as an operation bigger than the conflict in Afghanistan (news - web sites).
Kerry visits the Pennsylvania battleground before a quick trip home to Boston and then several days spent preparing for the presidential debates. Kerry told The Columbus Dispatch that he has to present himself "clearly, forcefully to the American people with a clear set of priorities."
Kerry added: "I think a lot of people will tune in. There are undecideds. A lot of folks will try to measure our character and our vision, so I think it's an important moment."
Try more lip tint, that'll convince me.
In other words, his plan is Bush's plan, but he'll take twice as long to say it.
He'll also put a chicken in every pot, find a cure for cancer, and end poverty. You know, what he wants to accomplish is all good and well, but how about the HOW he plans to accomplish it. Liberals, they always state the obvious but never follow it up with anything of value.
And Kerry's record of supporting military spending is??
Again, Zell Miller's ring true... FIGHT THEM WITH WHAT SPITBALLS?
So... what is different in his plan from what Gee Dubya is doing??? And more importantly; if he is gonna do what Bush is doing already, why should I dump Bush and vote for him?
What a maroon.
um...some details plz mr kerry. The i will do it better thing aint washing. Put some meat on the plate, some substance. The vague generalities are not believable.
Kerry has adopted Bush's plan.
Last week, he said that was a mistake.
Dang... I know this independent is inspired - really !!! >kawf<
"Kerry would build a better military and intelligence apparatus to go after enemies, deny terrorists weapons and financing, move against worldwide terrorist havens and recruitment centers, and promote freedom and democracy in Muslim nations."
Kerry's record indicates he has NEVER supported a "better military and intelligence apparatus."
His record is the OPPOSITE.
Kerry is good at telling us what he plans to tell us without ever really telling us. Then, he calls that a plan. DOOFUS!
Re: "oldest alliances"
What's good of an alliance when they profit at our misfortune?
Yadda yadda yadda. He sounds like Miss Massachusetts answering in the "Question Segment." Please don't do the swimsuit competition again, either.
Famous last words.
"And Kerry's record of supporting military spending is??"
This too is what I don't even get. How can the man actually stand there and say these words?? Theres no way he's credible on this subject. But you know and I know and everyone knows he's playing to the least informed voting populace that there is. They honestly don't know his record. He and the DNC have done a fine job saying that Zell Miller was over the top and mean-spirited and spreading lies, but they arent lies! They're the truth.
My biggest question to Kerry would be to tell us a weapon system he DID support (and can prove on record).
Another thing is why in the world would people trust the man on the economy? What has he done to deserve THAT credibility? Absolutely nothing...not...one...damn...thing
Maybe Kerry is just gonna stand up and tell those nasty insurgents to 'skeedaddle'...g'wone now.. git! And POOF, the old Kerry magic Jihad-B-Gone plan will receive a French-tickler tape parade..
True, and the ABB crowd.. They don't care what the truth is anyway. I think the debates will make a huge difference. I'm hoping so anyway.
Yep, and shave those teeth a bit further.