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International Herald Tribune ^ | Monday, September 27, 2004 | John Vinocur IHT

Posted on 09/30/2004 3:07:39 PM PDT by jdluntjr

Politicus: Kerry-friendly Europe still has its own ideas John Vinocur IHT Monday, September 27, 2004

No German and French troops for Kerry

...But last week, just after Kerry's major speech on the war last week in which he insisted that the United States "must make Iraq the world's responsibility" and that others "should share the burden," Schröder's sense of courtesy collided with reality and he drove a spike into the notion. He told reporters, "We won't send any German soldiers to Iraq, and that's where it's going to remain."

As for the Democrat, Süddeutsche (German newspaper) said Kerry "is suggesting that he can produce a little miracle and seduce America's battered friends into high-yield performances along the lines of Washington's wishes." For all of Kerry's opportunity to create a foreign policy with greater credibility and legitimacy, that was not realistic, it said. Schröder couldn't send Bundeswehr troops to Iraq, and there would be "no morning-after special gift for a President Kerry."

It's here that discomfort about what Kerry has been telling America gets a little edgy for governments he would normally count as silent European supporters. It's hard to see how Kerry might miss that for Schröder, nothing would be more counterinstinctive in domestic political terms than ditching two years before new elections his single pledge as chancellor - staying out of Iraq - that has the support of a wide majority of German voters.

Similar considerations also work for France. It would take exceptional sophistry for President Jacques Chirac to explain putting French lives on the line in Iraq. Besides, sidling up to any American president would not appear to have much appeal to Chirac at a time when Le Figaro says he's busy promoting himself as successor to Nehru and Nasser in leading the "nonaligned world."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: activism; burden; campaign; chirac; editor; france; french; german; germany; iraq; johnkerry; kerry; kerryforeignpolicy; letter; plan; share; shroeder


John Kerry has made more international help in Iraq a centerpiece of his Iraq Policy. He keeps telling the American people that he'll get the Allies to "share the burden." He painted such an optimistic picture under his policy... he said we could have half our troops out of Iraq sometime next year.

Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have "allies" like Germany and France on board with his bland. So we have to wonder, where is he going to get the 50000 - 70000 troops needed to replace the half of the American troops that would have to come out.

America needs to know that Kerry is living in a fantasy world and his plan isn't going to happen. Let America know the truth. Write letters to the Editor, Write Op-Ed pieces, create and pass out pamphlet, call on talk radio, use televison comment lines. Kerry is lying to the American people and they need to know the truth.

For more information, go to

Click on the second issue, about Kerry's plan for sharing the burden.

1 posted on 09/30/2004 3:07:41 PM PDT by jdluntjr
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To: jdluntjr

If Kerry wins (God forbid! I almost gag as I type that!), he ain't gonna get a honeymoon from ANYONE - not the Germans, not the French, not the MSM and certainly not al qaeda.

2 posted on 09/30/2004 3:10:12 PM PDT by rotstan
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To: rotstan

What is this leftist obsession with getting Germany and France'a approval? It's like the 'rats along with the MSM are compelled to fall to their knees and lick the boots of Schroder and Chirac. Talk about living in the past. Get a clue. They betrayed us, they are not our allies any more, and they will actively oppose any American president.

3 posted on 09/30/2004 3:43:31 PM PDT by Owl558 (Pardon my spelling)
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To: Owl558

I'm sorry, don't know why my computer posted this so many times. I only clicked the button once, honest!

12 posted on 09/30/2004 3:44:30 PM PDT by Owl558 (Pardon my spelling)
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To: jdluntjr

Of course there will be a honeymoon. It will be a Mohammedan honeymoon. Kerry -- and the United States will get f'ed -- and then the words "I divorce you!" will be thrice repeated.

13 posted on 09/30/2004 3:48:16 PM PDT by Lunkhead_01
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To: rotstan
Not gonna win, so no need to talk about the honeymoon.

Check out the John F. Kerry Timeline.

14 posted on 09/30/2004 3:50:13 PM PDT by christie (John F. Kerry Timeline -
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