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Kerry: I Was Wrong' On Iraq
CNSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel

Posted on 06/13/2006 3:49:46 PM PDT by fuyb

Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com) - U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts on Tuesday told an audience at the liberal Take Back America conference that he was sorry for voting to authorize the war in Iraq, calling the entire mission "a mistake."

"We were misled, we were given evidence that was not true," Kerry said. "It was wrong, and I was wrong to vote [for it]."

Kerry, who led an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2004, said it was necessary to admit mistakes because "you cannot change the future if you''re not honest about the past." He criticized supporters of the war, who label anti-war activists and politicians as unpatriotic and pessimistic.

"The true pessimists are those who will not accept that America''s strength depends on our credibility at home and around the world," Kerry said. "The true pessimists are those who do not understand that valuing our principles is critical to our national security and it is as critical to our national security as our military power itself."

He said questioning the war and fighting in it are "two sides of the very same patriotic coin" and compared the modern anti-war movement to the anti-war movement in the Vietnam War. Kerry, who served in Vietnam, returned to the United States and offered testimony to Congress, opposing the war and describing horrific war crimes he said soldiers committed there.

He said opposing the war is "a right and an obligation" because it was "founded on a lie [and] can never be true to America''s character."

Kerry also lashed out at war supporters who accuse anti-war activists of not supporting the troops. "The best way to support the troops is to oppose a course that destroys their lives," he said.

Kerry renewed his call for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq, saying that he supports setting a timetable for the removal in Iraq that is not "cut and run." Without saying when he would like troops removed from the war zone, Kerry said he believes "we need a hard and fast deadline."

Kerry made his comments during a speech at the annual Take Back America conference in the nation''s capital. Organized by the liberal Campaign for America''s Future, the conference has also feature U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. U.S. Sens. Russ Feingold and Barack Obama are scheduled to appear Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee was not immediately available for reaction to Kerry''s comments.


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1 posted on 06/13/2006 3:49:48 PM PDT by fuyb
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To: fuyb

Before he was right.


2 posted on 06/13/2006 3:50:14 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: fuyb

John who?


3 posted on 06/13/2006 3:50:26 PM PDT by Dog
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To: fuyb
... And President Bush was RIGHT!!
4 posted on 06/13/2006 3:50:56 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (Help get Murtha out of Congress- donate at http://www.irey.com/)
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To: fuyb

LOL!


5 posted on 06/13/2006 3:51:14 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: fuyb


I lost track.... is this a flip or a flop?


6 posted on 06/13/2006 3:51:17 PM PDT by msnimje (Illegals to US CITIZENS .... "You Suck.......Now pass the mash potatoes!")
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To: Darkwolf377

In reality, he was right, before he was wrong.


7 posted on 06/13/2006 3:51:33 PM PDT by lormand (We are blessed by the stupidity of our political opponents.)
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To: fuyb; Chieftain

With theresa for a wife, the only time Kerry is talking about "hard and fast" is when he is making a speech!


8 posted on 06/13/2006 3:51:37 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Moderate Mooslims.....what's that?)
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To: fuyb
said it was necessary to admit mistakes because "you cannot change the future if you''re not honest about the past."

What a relief. For a second there, I thought he was contemplating an attempt to change the future.

9 posted on 06/13/2006 3:52:05 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: fuyb

Kerry, "I was wrong before I was right about being wrong!"


10 posted on 06/13/2006 3:52:26 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: fuyb

Is the Iraq War the only thing he has admitted to being wrong about???


11 posted on 06/13/2006 3:52:40 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: fuyb

On the wrong side of history.

A tyrant on trial. A terrorist monster slain. An elected government in Iraq, a constitution. And American President in BAGHDAD. And this ass clown calls that a mistake?

Oh yeah, they were against Reagan too. Always on the wrong side of history.


12 posted on 06/13/2006 3:53:03 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Darkwolf377

He was right before he was wrong(?)


13 posted on 06/13/2006 3:53:17 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: fuyb

He was right, but for the wrong reasons. Now he's wrong, still for the wrong reasons.


14 posted on 06/13/2006 3:53:26 PM PDT by Sooth2222
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To: fuyb

What about the 90 days you spent in Viet Nam....

Three purple hearts in 90 days: That HAS to be a record.

My brother only got one in two years; of course he died to get it.


15 posted on 06/13/2006 3:53:37 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: fuyb

Jon Pierre hits rock bottom and begins to dig.


16 posted on 06/13/2006 3:53:46 PM PDT by don-o
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To: fuyb
Kerry, who led an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2004, said it was necessary to admit mistakes because "you cannot change the future if you''re not honest about the past."

Kerry forgets that he has no future because GWBush kicked his butt in the past...

17 posted on 06/13/2006 3:54:09 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: fuyb
Kerry / Gore.................2008?

How can they lose?

Bwahahahahahahaha

18 posted on 06/13/2006 3:54:22 PM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: fuyb
Should be fun to watch him flipflop on this one again this fall if progress is made in Iraq.

"I was for it, then I was against it, then I was for it, then I was against it, and now (in the fall) I am for it again.

Gee, I just can't make up my mind."
19 posted on 06/13/2006 3:54:35 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: fuyb; Soul Seeker; Trueblackman; bray; doug from upland; DarthVader; mhking
"We were misled, we were given evidence that was not true," Kerry said. "It was wrong, and I was wrong to vote [for it]."

This pinche chingada fool better take it up with his savior, BJ Clintoon...both of them, and many others, were pounding the flesh (ok, bad example) on Iraq while George W. Bush was still Governor of Texas.

20 posted on 06/13/2006 3:54:43 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The Rat Party's goal is to END the conflict, not WIN the conflict...should be the other way around.)
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To: fuyb; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; blacklions; ...

For those who "forgot" what Hanoi Kerry
did in the past read on and learn the truth.

Hanoi Kerry was still a USNR officer while he:
gave false hearsay testimony to Congress
negotiated with the enemy
helped the US lose a war
abetted in the deaths of millions
created a hostile environment for all servicemen

http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/index.php?topic=Documents

Karl Rove knew, Nov. 7, 2004 , that hanoi kerry would try to run in '08
and knew Swift Boat Vet's would be called upon,
again, to serve our country.

Rove Credits Swiftvets With 'Energizing' Bush Vote (Thank You Karl Rove!)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1345603/posts


21 posted on 06/13/2006 3:54:49 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, cut and run murtha, MSM)
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To: fuyb

Well, as long as you admit you're wrong, how about signing that old 180 and prove US wrong about your fake military history.


22 posted on 06/13/2006 3:54:58 PM PDT by digger48
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To: fuyb
Kerry, who served in Vietnam

Who knew?

Actually, Kerry was right about the war before he was wrong.

23 posted on 06/13/2006 3:55:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: fuyb

KERRY: "Tell me what you want me to say and I'll say it."


24 posted on 06/13/2006 3:55:07 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
With theresa for a wife, the only time Kerry is talking about "hard and fast" is when he is making a speech!

Or ordering drinks.

25 posted on 06/13/2006 3:55:17 PM PDT by LexBaird ("Politically Correct" is the politically correct term for "F*cking Retarded". - Psycho Bunny)
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To: Darkwolf377

Wait a little. I could not quite make it - was he right to be wrong or was he wrong to be right? I see at least three more months' worth of waffling and flip-flopping here.


26 posted on 06/13/2006 3:55:33 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: fuyb

Is he talking about the time when Ronald Regan sent him up the Tigris River on a secret mission on Christmas Eve of 1980?


27 posted on 06/13/2006 3:55:41 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fuyb

Kerry, who led an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2004, said it was necessary to admit mistakes because "you cannot change the future if you''re not honest about the past."

Which is why he will never be a part of the future.


28 posted on 06/13/2006 3:55:41 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: fuyb

Fortunately the American voters were right.


29 posted on 06/13/2006 3:56:04 PM PDT by xp38
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To: fuyb
A spokesman for the Republican National Committee was not immediately available for reaction to Kerry''s comments.

Uh...er...ah...

WHY THE **** NOT?!?!?!?!???!?

30 posted on 06/13/2006 3:56:08 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The Rat Party's goal is to END the conflict, not WIN the conflict...should be the other way around.)
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To: fuyb


COMEDY...what a douchebag!


31 posted on 06/13/2006 3:56:09 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: fuyb

Kerry was wrong on Vietnam; when will he admit that?


32 posted on 06/13/2006 3:56:49 PM PDT by WOSG (Do your duty, be a patriot, support our Troops - VOTE!)
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To: fuyb

Kerry is such a jackass. I hope he runs for president again.



KERRY-GORE '08 !!!


33 posted on 06/13/2006 3:56:59 PM PDT by spinestein (The Democratic Party is the reason I vote for Republicans.)
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To: fuyb
I hear Air-America needs a couple of hosts...the Kerry-Gore show sounds so very entertaining.........

Bwahahahahahahahaha

34 posted on 06/13/2006 3:57:13 PM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: fuyb
Just hours after this garbage United for Peace and Justice sent out an email asking everyone to call congress to support bringong our troops home
Congress has spent years avoiding responsibility for Iraq. But this week, the Senate will vote on several different proposals to bring the troops home and end the war, calling for measures that range from immediate withdrawal to a gradual withdrawal stretched out over 18 months
35 posted on 06/13/2006 3:57:14 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: fuyb

A tad late, John.

If you were so wrong in voting for the War, doesn't that make you a weakly candidate for the Presidency? If you, all of the sudden, change your mind, you cannot change the courses of events.

Indecisiveness is one flaw the Commander in Chief should not have. If you were President, John, what kinds of potential problems would your indecisiveness and changing-your-mind in the course of events impact America?


36 posted on 06/13/2006 3:57:20 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: fuyb

He is he was he did he didn't...

37 posted on 06/13/2006 3:57:47 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: fuyb

And besides, I just remembered I wasn't in Cambodia.


38 posted on 06/13/2006 3:58:15 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: fuyb

An apologetic metrosexual reaching out for the soft vote.


39 posted on 06/13/2006 3:58:39 PM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: spinestein

The can call their campaign "Girth and the Lurch"


40 posted on 06/13/2006 3:59:32 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fuyb

When the troops leave and Iraq is moving forward he'll claim credit. He's a jerk.


41 posted on 06/13/2006 3:59:39 PM PDT by zarf (John Edwards is a horses ass.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

LOL!

Right, and his headstone will read: "Stiff. Finally."


42 posted on 06/13/2006 3:59:45 PM PDT by HKMk23 (When I was a boy, "being a grown up" involved more than just physiology.)
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To: fuyb

"The true pessimists are those who do not understand that valuing our principles is critical to our national security and it is as critical to our national security as our military power itself."

We value OUR principles. I'm confused at to what yours ARE J F'n Kerry.


43 posted on 06/13/2006 4:00:13 PM PDT by listenhillary (Only the stupidest of animals fouls it's own nest - Democrats provide a fine example of this)
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To: fuyb
"He said opposing the war is "a right and an obligation" because it was "founded on a lie [and] can never be true to America''s character."

Well then, Since sKerry's entire political career was built on the LIES of his service in Vietnam, his 2 phony Purple Hearts, his phony Silver Star, his phony trip into Cambodia and his slanderous testimony before the Senate --- then Kerry himself can NEVER be "True" to America's character.

For an asshole whose entire life has been a lie --- one would think he would avoid the use of that word..

I pray the ghosts of all the honorable men who died in Vietnam, haunt his every sleeping hour...

A POX on his ass..

Semper Fi

44 posted on 06/13/2006 4:00:17 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: in hoc signo vinces


"(John Kerry's) default position is the conventional wisdom of the Massachusetts Left:
on foreign policy, foreigners know best;
on trade, the labour unions know best;
on government, bureaucrats know best;
on defence, graying ponytailed nuclear-freeze reflex anti-militarists know best;
on the wine list, he knows best."
Mark Steyn




45 posted on 06/13/2006 4:00:32 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Christian4Bush

Because responding to a comment you didn't actually hear is not very smart.


46 posted on 06/13/2006 4:00:45 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: fuyb

Ol' Rice-Butt speaks again!


47 posted on 06/13/2006 4:00:50 PM PDT by NRA1995 (Zarqawi died, liberals cried....)
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To: tet68
http://www.ffrf.org/awards/ftoy/images/newdow.jpg

That was a brutal zinger you just tossed. Kudos.

48 posted on 06/13/2006 4:01:09 PM PDT by zarf (John Edwards is a horses ass.)
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To: fuyb
U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts on Tuesday told an audience ....that he was sorry for voting to authorize the war in Iraq, calling the entire mission "a mistake."

Could his timing be MORE wrong?

49 posted on 06/13/2006 4:01:17 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: fuyb

Which time?

If he was wrong and could be wrong again then which time is he right and which time is he wrong. Is he wrong then or now.

Ohhhh, noooooooo it's time to chase the tail around the tree.


50 posted on 06/13/2006 4:01:32 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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