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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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