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Kerry Says Bush Should Have Transferred Authority Over Iraq to the UN After Baghdad Fell
GoGov.com ^ | October 1, 2004 | Kerry

Posted on 10/01/2004 12:32:56 AM PDT by BJungNan

Kerry Says Bush Should Have Transferred Authority Over Iraq to the UN After Baghdad Fell
(Excerpt of Transcript: Debate #1) - GoGov.com

KERRY: The United Nations, Kofi Annan offered help after Baghdad fell. And we never picked him up on that and did what was necessary to transfer authority and to transfer reconstruction. It was always American-run.

Secondly, when we went in, there were three countries: Great Britain, Australia and the United States. That's not a grand coalition. We can do better.

LEHRER: Thirty seconds, Mr. President.

BUSH: Well, actually, he forgot Poland. And now there's 30 nations involved, standing side by side with our American troops.

And I honor their sacrifices. And I don't appreciate it when candidate for president denigrates the contributions of these brave soldiers.

You cannot lead the world if you do not honor the contributions of those who are with us. He called them coerced and the bribed. That's not how you bring people together.

Our coalition is strong. It will remain strong, so long as I'm the president.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: firstdebate; iraq; kerry; kerryiraq; uncontrol
This has got to be the most significant quote of the debate. It represents a significant policy difference on Iraq between Bush and Kerry - not to mention being a most absurd suggestion.

In my book, this qualifies as a gaffe

1 posted on 10/01/2004 12:32:57 AM PDT by BJungNan
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To: BJungNan

Yeah and John F*ckin' NEVER mentioned how his precious UN high-tailed it out of Baghad after the murder of Sergio Mello. That was last summer.


2 posted on 10/01/2004 12:34:50 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: BJungNan

Yea right, Like the UN could handle it, we would end up taking the lead anyhow...


3 posted on 10/01/2004 12:35:10 AM PDT by FesterUSMC
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To: BJungNan

4 posted on 10/01/2004 12:36:30 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered.)
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To: BJungNan
The United Nations, Kofi Annan offered help after Baghdad fell

I'll bet he did

BTW .. how's the Oil for Food investigation going?????

5 posted on 10/01/2004 12:36:40 AM PDT by Mo1 (Why is the MSM calling the Vietnam Vets and POW's a suspected group??)
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To: BJungNan
Yeah call the Iraqi PM a puppet and them try to bring a French/UN colition to the table. The USA under Kerry would and should get a swift kick in the rear for that...nation building by name calling?
6 posted on 10/01/2004 12:39:36 AM PDT by endthematrix (Bad news is good news for the Kerry campaign!)
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To: BJungNan

A shame that the Italian American voters won't get ticked off at Kerry slamming them for fighting in Iraq.


7 posted on 10/01/2004 12:40:38 AM PDT by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: Mo1
BTW .. how's the Oil for Food investigation going?????

Exactly! And this is why the UN can not be in control. Oil For Food (and weapons, and bribes, and oil for oil) was exactly what we got the last time they were "in control" in Iraq.

8 posted on 10/01/2004 12:42:10 AM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Do NOT buy from junk email.)
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To: FesterUSMC
"Yea right, Like the UN could handle it, we would end up taking the lead anyhow"

Lead: Bullets from or for firearms; shot: pumped the target full of lead.

Context is everything.

9 posted on 10/01/2004 12:44:00 AM PDT by endthematrix (Bad news is good news for the Kerry campaign!)
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To: BJungNan

Maybe he wants to help the UN, French, Germans and Russia cover the oil-for-food scandal. I sure hope people disect what he really said in between pontificating.


10 posted on 10/01/2004 12:45:48 AM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: BJungNan
Our President did an excellent job of using effin's "coalition of the coerced and the bribed" as an illustration of Kerry's projectionism.

People don't trust the UN. Moreover, they don't believe Kerry himself trusts the UN.

11 posted on 10/01/2004 12:49:16 AM PDT by Kryptonite
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To: BJungNan
Well Kerry thinks we need to pass a "Global Testing"
12 posted on 10/01/2004 12:57:10 AM PDT by Mo1 (Why is the MSM calling the Vietnam Vets and POW's a suspected group??)
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To: endthematrix
Yea right, Like the UN could handle it, we would end up taking the lead anyhow

In that sentence lead is fine...Either way we would still be doing the dirty work.

Lead Dictionary

13 posted on 10/01/2004 1:03:17 AM PDT by FesterUSMC
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No, no, you're misunderstanding the Senator! See, foreign troops and indigenous troops will *help* Iraqi operations, but if we use them in Afghanistan, they'll HURT the effort! Why the difference? Uhhh.... [/sarcasm]


14 posted on 10/01/2004 1:29:44 AM PDT by mbennett203
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To: Mrs Zip; BOBWADE

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15 posted on 10/01/2004 2:30:56 AM PDT by zip ((Remember: pingDimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of Americans))
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To: BJungNan
In my book, this qualifies as a gaffe

Kerry is arguing it's not a real alliance because so few other troops are committed. But there are actually quite a few. And he wishes to overlook the various areas of responsibility, where the British, for example, were in Basra.

He's simply saying that the only countries that matter are our historical enemy, the Soviet Union, another in Germany, and now our new enemy, the Chirac French. Kerry is saying that without them, and perhaps without his friends in Red China, there can be no Alliance worth the name.

There were so many things the President could have said and should have said. But he's afraid of offering the least offense. That's why he won't say - Kerry is Unfit for Command. And that strategy clearly harms the Bush Campaign. I think he'll win regardless. But it's a foolish strategy. His father tried to 'campaign above', rather than speak honestly about Clinton. You think he might have learned.

16 posted on 10/01/2004 5:36:08 AM PDT by sevry
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To: mbennett203
No, no, you're misunderstanding the Senator! See, foreign troops and indigenous troops will *help* Iraqi operations, but if we use them in Afghanistan, they'll HURT the effort! Why the difference? Uhhh.... [/sarcasm]

Wow, good point. We should have used American troops in Afgahnistan but turned everything over to the UN troops when it comes to Iraq.

17 posted on 10/01/2004 9:57:22 AM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Do NOT buy from junk email.)
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