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What if It's Kerry's War?
Washington Post ^ | October 28, 2004 | Jim Hoagland

Posted on 10/28/2004 7:07:54 PM PDT by NCjim

In less than a week, Iraq could be John Kerry's war. If the Democrats win on Nov. 2, the president-elect must immediately focus on what a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq would mean for the Middle East and for the United States.

Until then Kerry will have had little time, or incentive, to conceive of failure in Iraq as anything other than a vote-attracting cudgel to swing at George W. Bush. If Kerry and his team have done much deep thinking on Iraq -- particularly on a comprehensive strategy that takes into account the possibility of U.S. failure there -- that thinking has not emerged in their campaign prescriptions.

Like Wagner's music, the absence of clear commitments at this stage may not be as bad -- or in this case as damaging -- as it sounds. The Democratic challenger is not handcuffed to specific actions in Iraq as he is on health care or on naming Supreme Court justices. Kerry has room to jettison implausible campaign promises as Iraqi and international realities assert themselves.

But he must quickly fill the policy vacuum that he will then have created. He and Bush must immediately engage in a transition that allows Kerry to deal with Iraq and the struggle against Islamist terrorist networks. And Kerry -- a process guy in the jargon of Washington -- must above all keep his eye on context in the time of transition.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerryiraq

1 posted on 10/28/2004 7:08:02 PM PDT by NCjim
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To: NCjim

God help us if it is.


2 posted on 10/28/2004 7:11:12 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ( "[Y]our arguments are devoid of value. I, as a woman, have so declared it." -- BushIsTheMan)
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To: NCjim

If Kerry wins, there is no War on Terrorism. Bring our boys home (but only IF sKerry wins)!


3 posted on 10/28/2004 7:12:23 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Iraq: Location, Location, Location)
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To: NCjim

Who's going to be in his Cabinet? Albright? Jocelyn Elders?


4 posted on 10/28/2004 7:13:11 PM PDT by P.O.E. (John Kerry: The" you're rubber and I'm glue" candidate.)
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To: NCjim

I can't believe people are actually talking about FAILING in Iraq. We are winning and once we get the elected gov't in place and secured, then we will have WON and can leave (for the most part).


5 posted on 10/28/2004 7:14:27 PM PDT by Mister Mellow (On October 26th, I cast my ballot in FL for President George W. Bush)
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To: NCjim
What if It's Kerry's War?

Then ... we lose

6 posted on 10/28/2004 7:15:29 PM PDT by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet is NOT Fonda kerry)
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To: NCjim
What if It's Kerry's War?

Simple.

It's over.

We lose.


7 posted on 10/28/2004 7:16:10 PM PDT by Jim Noble (FR Iraq policy debate begins 11/3/04. Pass the word.)
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To: P.O.E.

Jocelyn Elders will give her patented advice for dealing with Islamic terrorists.


8 posted on 10/28/2004 7:16:20 PM PDT by John Thornton
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To: NCjim

If Kerry wins, the nation will look back on the role of newspapers like the Washington Post in bringing him to power and they will be publically tried and hanged for treason.


9 posted on 10/28/2004 7:19:45 PM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: NCjim

If Kerry wins, coming soon to your neighborhood suicide bombings. Youngsters be ready for the draft because that will be the only way that Kerry will have any kind of military since most of those that serve now will not re-enlist. So all of you youngsters that don't want to be drafted, think about it. Remember, Democrats have drafted before and they will do it again.....Be prepared for more civilians to die here. Remember the only time democrats have shown any force with no complaints nor protest has been against our own citizens, WACO.


10 posted on 10/28/2004 7:22:56 PM PDT by Two-Bits (I am voting in memory of those innocents that were incinerated on 9/11! Vote George W Bush)
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To: NCjim

If, (God forbid) it becomes sKerry's war, we are obligated to say the same things about him, that he has been saying about our current President.


11 posted on 10/28/2004 7:24:27 PM PDT by Brasil ("The path to safety is the path of action." GWB)
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To: NCjim

12 posted on 10/28/2004 7:27:47 PM PDT by Jackknife (.......Land of the Free,because of the Brave.)
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To: NCjim
This writer is delusional.

The Democratic challenger is not handcuffed to specific actions in Iraq ... Kerry has room to jettison implausible campaign promises

This has no connection whatsoever to reality; either the reality on the ground in Iraq or in Congress with his fellow Democrats.

He and Bush must immediately engage in a transition that allows Kerry to deal with Iraq and the struggle against Islamist terrorist networks. And Kerry -- a process guy in the jargon of Washington -- must above all keep his eye on context in the time of transition.

This statement reflects the writer's empty skull. It means nothing; it is vacant, as in a vacuum, which is what will be the immediate result of a Kerry election.

Kerry's repeated denunciations of Iraq as the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time weaken the moral and perhaps even the legal base for ordering Americans to continue to fight there if he becomes president. He will have to act quickly to clarify the whys and hows, as well as the shape, of continued U.S. involvement.

This man has been running for the presidency for more than a year, and we expect him to abruptly become capable of composing a coherent war policy? Is this what poses as intelligence nowadays?

Would the radicals of the Arab world and Iran be emboldened by the two withdrawals? What would be the effect on oil prices and global energy policies?


Anyone who could ask these questions expecting an answer to take more than the blink of an eye is not sophisticated, he is playing with human lives and beneath contempt.
13 posted on 10/28/2004 7:31:59 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko (Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?)
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To: Jim Noble

Compelling graphics that say everything about Kerry. He is geometrically worse than Carter. Like a category 5 hurricane compared to a category 4. Carter thought being reasonable would triumph over psychotic leaders. and left a legacy of disaster. But at least he didn't dare to negotiate with enemies while he served in our armed forces. At least he had the decency to wait until he was president to capitulate to our enemies.


14 posted on 10/28/2004 7:34:40 PM PDT by bukkdems
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To: NCjim

If Kerry is sworn in on 10.20/05, this country WILL get hit within weeks. Kerry is a coward, and the bad guys know it. I'm thinking of buying Au and burying it in a root cellar. BTW, I just acquired another Glock and a Sig, and about 4,000 rounds of ammo. Guys, let's get prepared. sKerry is the Republic's nightmare of freedom as we know it. We WILL BE HIT again by the terrorists if sKerry is sworn in. Guar-an-tee-it! 9-11 will look like child's play.


15 posted on 10/28/2004 7:36:53 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: NCjim

If Kerry we wins we Somalia-style cut and run out of Iraq emboldening the terrorists, or all those MTV Rock the Vote retards will start getting "real" draft notices because the 75% pro-bush military will not re-enlist under him given his past of using military as a political tool only. So I hope the Jr. M. Moore and Tim Robbins teens do not feel to sold-out when Kerry administration sends them their draft notices. Kerry should pray with the rest of us that he loses.


16 posted on 10/28/2004 7:47:32 PM PDT by stopillegalimmigration
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To: NCjim

Actually, this is one of the few questions kerry has answered.

What he said is that Bush has screwed up so badly in Iraq that any future failure will be Bush's fault, not kerry's.

And if the terrorists step up their massacres around the world and in the U.S. in response to kerry's wimpish non-responses, that will be Bush's fault too. After all, if not for Bush they wouldn't be angry at us, would they?

The Democrats are very good at the blame game. Herbert Hoover was beaten rhetorically with a large stick for at least 60 years. Never mind that the country came out of the depression under FDR and then plunged back into it even further. Naturally that was Hoover's fault too.


17 posted on 10/28/2004 7:51:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Two-Bits
Youngsters be ready for the draft because that will be the only way that Kerry will have any kind of military since most of those that serve now will not re-enlist.

I can see the anti-recruitment posters now: "Do you want to be the last one to die for a mistake as president?" "Kerry: He's got your back (at least to shove the knife of blame in deeper!)"

18 posted on 10/28/2004 8:32:24 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Iraq: Location, Location, Location)
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To: stopillegalimmigration
So I hope the Jr. M. Moore and Tim Robbins teens do not feel to sold-out when Kerry administration sends them their draft notices.

What will be even more amusing is that many families who currently support the military or have enlistees serving will feel perfectly free to withhold their children from the draft. I know my kid will NEVER serve if Kerry is elected - no matter how dire the need. Let the Left Coast and Right Coast fight their own battles, since the first one didn't wise them up. I can protect my own.

After all, it was OK for the Left to shirk in 'Nam, and after, wasn't it? ;-)

19 posted on 10/28/2004 8:38:46 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Iraq: Location, Location, Location)
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To: NCjim
If it's Kerry's war, uh-oh.

1. Our enemies would be emboldened. They would feel victorious, and they would energetically attack us at every opportunity.
2. The Iraqi citizens would be, again, terrorized and out of fear, would refuse to fight for their own freedom. They would become what they were.
3. Morale among our fine troops would suffer. Casualties would escalate. They would still perform wonderfully, mind you.

You see, Kerry's alleged "plan" would unravel as soon as it were implemented. Sorry I don't have a more optimistic outlook if Mr. Kerry were CIC.
20 posted on 10/28/2004 8:47:35 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: an amused spectator

Ditto! I would not allow my children to serve in the military under Kerry - let him play liberal politics with his nutty peace loving base


21 posted on 10/28/2004 8:50:48 PM PDT by stopillegalimmigration
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