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  • Kerry Criticizes Bush Over Iraq, Says He Would Refocus on 'Real War on Terror'

    09/25/2004 3:07:34 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 16 replies · 374+ views
    Sep. 25--PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. John Kerry on Friday berated President Bush for his handling of the war on terror, saying the president erred by alienating nations needed to help thwart terrorists and failed to adequately fund America's security needs. Speaking at Temple University, the Democratic presidential nominee again repeated a claim he has made with increasing urgency recently -- that the president seriously harmed efforts against terrorism by invading Iraq and thus diverting attention from Al Qaeda. "George Bush made Saddam Hussein the priority," Kerry said. "I would have made Osama bin Laden the priority. As president, I will finish...
  • BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO OF FLIP-FLOPPING KERRY GOING BACK TO MID 1990'S ON IRAQ

    09/24/2004 6:12:33 PM PDT · by conservativecorner · 14 replies · 1,331+ views
    GOP.COM ^ | July 28, 2004 | Unknown
    July 26, 2004 : Let the Makeover Begin! At this morning's press conference RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie released a web video regarding the Democrats Extreme Makeover of John Kerry. Look for "Kerry's Iraq Documentary" and then click the view button below.DSL/Cable Modem Recommended. I used Windows Media Player instead of RealPlayer due to problems with RealPlayer. http://www.rnc.org/News/GOPTV.aspx
  • Giuliani apologizes to President Bush

    09/24/2004 5:59:41 PM PDT · by bikepacker67 · 22 replies · 1,450+ views
    Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani told President Bush this week that he is sorry. "I owe you an apology," Mr. Giuliani began. "I made a mistake during my [Republican National Convention] speech ... I said that with 64 days to go, John Kerry could change his mind five or six times about what to do in Iraq. Well, he's already changed his mind four or five times and I'm going to be proven wrong again because I think we're looking more like eight or nine times."
  • The Kerry doctrine on Iraq

    09/24/2004 5:34:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 375+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2004 | Robert Goldberg
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com The Kerry doctrine on IraqBy Robert GoldbergPublished September 24, 2004 Teresa Heinz Kerry says that only an idiot would oppose her husband's health proposals. What does that make someone who thinks that lowering Medicare premiums is more important than getting rid of Saddam Hussein?     It is not too far off the mark to state that Sen. John Kerry's exit strategy is reduce our involvement in Iraq in order to reduce Medicare premiums at home. Listen to the Kerry Doctrine in all its glory: "$200 billion for Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford health...
  • Democrats hopeful Kerry attacks on Bush will pay off

    09/24/2004 4:34:10 PM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 64 replies · 1,271+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | Sep. 24, 2004 | STEVEN THOMMA, Knight Ridder Newspapers
    After watching their candidate on the defensive for weeks and fearing that he might have blown the election, Democrats are growing more optimistic that John Kerry is back in the race. They were buoyed this week by his sharpened, sustained criticism of President Bush and the Iraq war, new signs that Iraq isn't going as well as Bush would like people to believe, and a shift of news-media coverage away from how the two candidates served during the Vietnam War to what they say about today's war. Taken together, the developments suggest that an underlying dynamic of the race might...
  • Kerry out attack ( Kerry in 1997 made the case for launching a pre-emptive attack against Iraq.)

    09/24/2004 4:30:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 378+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24 | John McCaslin
    During a 1997 debate on CNN's "Crossfire," Sen. John Kerry, now the Democratic presidential nominee, made the case for launching a pre-emptive attack against Iraq. So reveals Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, who appeared with Mr. Kerry on the program.Mr. King says the U.N. Security Council had just adopted a resolution against Iraq that was watered down at the behest of the French and the Russians. Yet the candidate who now criticizes President Bush for ignoring French and Russian objections to the Iraq war blasted the two countries, claiming that they were compromised by their business dealings with Baghdad.
  • Kerry's Almost Just About Final Position on Iraq (excellent read)

    09/24/2004 3:51:33 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 32 replies · 1,719+ views
    NNS ^ | September 22, 2004 | James Lileks
    President Bush recently insisted that Iraq was en route to stability, and Sen. John Kerry shot back: "With all due respect to the president, has he turned on the evening news lately? Does he read the newspapers? Does he really know what's happening? Is he talking about the same war that the rest of us are talking about?" This would seem a rather inopportune time to claim the evening news as the font of truth unvarnished. It's hard to imagine the American people reassured by a president who bases his decisions on things he sees on the tube. President Kerry!...
  • Cheney Blasts Kerry for Allawi Comments

    09/23/2004 9:09:45 PM PDT · by BobbyK · 53 replies · 1,237+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 09-24.04 | MARGARET STAFFORD
    Cheney Blasts Kerry for Allawi Comments By MARGARET STAFFORD ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney chastised Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry on Thursday, saying his criticism of Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi showed an appalling "lack of respect." Allawi, who was in Washington on Thursday to address a joint meeting of Congress and meet with President Bush, gave a rosy portrayal of progress toward peace in his country. Shortly after he spoke, Kerry said the prime minister's assessment contradicted his own previous statements as well as the reality on the ground. Cheney said Kerry was...
  • Where Kerry stands on Iraq

    09/24/2004 10:05:00 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 18 replies · 529+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sep. 24, 2004 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    Thomas Fitzgerald JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sen. John Kerry set his jaw, and even sighed at one point, as he confronted anew the confusion over his stand on the Iraq war, a fog that has enveloped his candidacy for months. "I have one position on Iraq," Kerry insisted this week during a rare news conference. "One position." In fact, he's right, his image as a "flip-flopper" notwithstanding. Kerry voted in October 2002 for the congressional resolution that authorized President Bush to go to war in Iraq. Kerry now says that the invasion was not justified and has made the United States...
  • Kristol: Disgraceful

    09/24/2004 3:08:03 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 196 replies · 5,571+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/04/04 | William Kristol
    The disgraceful behavior of John Kerry and his team is sufficient grounds for concern about his fitness to be president WE REALLY DON'T KNOW what a President John Kerry would do about Iraq. His flip-flops about the war, his inconsistencies, the ambiguity of his current position (win or withdraw?)--all of these mean we can only guess about a Kerry presidency. He would probably be inclined to get out of Iraq as soon as possible; it might be the case, however, that as president he would nonetheless find himself staying and fighting. Who knows? What we do know is this: Kerry...
  • Bush Accuses Kerry of Undercutting Allawi

    09/24/2004 1:44:26 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 404+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-24-04 | Caren Bohan
    JANESVILLE, Wis. (Reuters) - President Bush on Friday accused Sen. John Kerry of attacking the credibility of Iraq's leader as he branded his Democratic rival unfit to lead America. Bush lashed out at Kerry a day after the Democrat charged that upbeat comments about Iraq by the president and interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi were glossing over the problems in the war-torn country. "You can't lead this country if your ally in Iraq feels like you questioned his credibility," Bush said at an education event in this battleground state. With just over five weeks to go before the Nov....
  • Kerry says Allawi's visit is just for show (whine alert)

    09/24/2004 1:22:23 PM PDT · by FlyLow · 17 replies · 472+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9-24-04 | NEDRA PICKLER
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Thursday that Iraq's Ayad Allawi was sent before Congress to put the ''best face'' on Bush administration policy. Shortly after Allawi, the interim government's prime minister, gave a bright portrayal of progress toward peace in Iraq, Kerry said the assessment contradicted reality on the ground. ''The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best face on the policy, but the fact is that the CIA estimates, the reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story,'' Kerry said. Allawi said democratic elections will take...
  • Bush: Kerry Wrongly Questions Allawi

    09/24/2004 12:37:24 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 47 replies · 1,058+ views
    AP ^ | 9-24-04 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    JANESVILLE, Wis. - Democrat John Kerry (news - web sites) wrongly questioned the credibility of the interim Iraqi leader, and "you can't lead this country" while undercutting an ally, President Bush (news - web sites) said Friday. Bush and interim Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi had hopeful words for the future of Iraq (news - web sites) a day earlier, which Kerry characterized as putting the "best face" on a Bush administration policy in Iraq that has gone wrong. "This brave man came to our country to talk about how he's risking his life for a free Iraq, which helps...
  • Bush Attacks Kerry Over Allawi Visit

    09/24/2004 12:42:02 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 50 replies · 2,107+ views
    AFP ^ | 9-24-04
    JANESVILLE, Wisconsin, Sept 24 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush accused Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry of turning his back on Iraq by doubting Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawis' upbeat forecasts for his country. "You can't lead this country if your ally in Iraq feels like you question his credibility," Bush told supporters here a day after welcoming Allawi to the White House to help spread his optimistic view of the war-torn nations' future. "The message ought to be to the Iraqi people: 'We support you.' The message ought to be loud and clear: 'We'll stand with you...
  • Kerry Accuses Bush, Iraqi Leader of Misleading Americans

    09/24/2004 11:33:28 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 29 replies · 535+ views
    Sep. 24--COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sen. John Kerry on Thursday accused President Bush and interim Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi of misleading Americans on how the war against Iraqi insurgents is faring. Allawi, addressing a joint session of Congress Thursday, said Iraqi elections were on track for January, but Kerry said the volatile and violent situation there made such a vote unlikely. "The United States and the Iraqis have retreated from whole areas of Iraq," Kerry said. "There are no-go zones in Iraq today. You can't hold an election in a no-go zone." And in a continuation of his newfound strategy of...
  • Kerry Argued Case For Unilateral Preemptive Action In Iraq On CNN's CROSSFIRE In 1997...

    09/24/2004 8:48:05 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 44 replies · 1,468+ views
    Washington Times ^ | John McCaslin
    During a 1997 debate on CNN's "Crossfire," Sen. John Kerry, now the Democratic presidential nominee, made the case for launching a pre-emptive attack against Iraq. So reveals Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, who appeared with Mr. Kerry on the program. Mr. King says the U.N. Security Council had just adopted a resolution against Iraq that was watered down at the behest of the French and the Russians. Yet the candidate who now criticizes President Bush for ignoring French and Russian objections to the Iraq war blasted the two countries, claiming that they were compromised by their business dealings with...
  • Kerry out attack (yet another changed position)

    09/24/2004 8:24:50 AM PDT · by TitanicMan2003 · 10 replies · 450+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | John McCaslin
    During a 1997 debate on CNN's "Crossfire," Sen. John Kerry, now the Democratic presidential nominee, made the case for launching a pre-emptive attack against Iraq. (snip) (T)he candidate who now criticizes President Bush for ignoring French and Russian objections to the Iraq war blasted the two countries, claiming that they were compromised by their business dealings with Baghdad. "We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians," said Mr. Kerry. "We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel...
  • 'Kerry Calls Iraqi Prime Minister "US Puppet"'-- Kristol

    09/24/2004 8:18:31 AM PDT · by pabianice · 39 replies · 1,295+ views
    Fox News | 9/24/04
    Listening to Fox News this AM, as usual. One of their commentators -- Kristol -- noted with shock that after Allawi's address with President Bush the other day, Kerry basically said that Allawi's fledgling Iraqi democracy was just a puppet of the US government. Kristol added that this was disgraceful for anyone to say during a war, and especially disgraceful for a presidential cnadidate. Man! Did that take me back to when I was in Vietnam and we'd listen to the radio and hear Kerryesque anti-US protestors back home screech that the South Vietnam government was just a "puppet for...
  • KERRY FAULTS BUSH FOR PURSUING SADDAM (HOW MANY FEET CAN KERRY PUT IN HIS MOUTH???)

    09/24/2004 8:27:26 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 53 replies · 1,529+ views
    WINS News ^ | 9/24/04
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry faulted President Bush on Friday for pursuing Saddam Hussein instead of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, a part of a Bush strategy he contended had made defeating terrorism more difficult. "The invasion of Iraq was a profound diversion from the battle against our greatest enemy, al-Qaida," Kerry said in a speech at Temple University. "There's just no question about it. The president's misjudgment, miscalculation and mismanagement of the war in Iraq all make the war on terror harder to win."Kerry, in offering a detailed strategy to contain terrorism and to draw...
  • KERRY'S ANSWER: CUT & RUN

    09/23/2004 11:51:13 PM PDT · by kattracks · 15 replies · 522+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/24/04 | AMIR TAHERI
    September 24, 2004 -- IT was bound to happen: Sen. John Kerry has decided to adopt Sen. Edward Kenne dy's slogan: Iraq is another Vietnam! For months, the Democratic presidential nominee, had resisted the temptation of following his senior colleague from Massachusetts: Kerry defended his initial support for a war that destroyed one of modern history's most barbarous regimes. By last week, however, it had become clear that Kerry could not be both pro-war and anti-war in this campaign. Having made his calculations, he decided to recast himself as a more sober version of Howard Dean, the early champion of...
  • ALLAWI SPEAKS TRUTH TO KERRY

    09/23/2004 11:45:56 PM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 533+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/24/04
    John Kerry once claimed that unnamed foreign leaders were hoping he'd win the election. Maybe he meant Jacques Chirac or Osama bin Laden — but, clearly, Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi is not among Kerry's supporters. Not based on Allawi's remarks in Washington yesterday, anyway. Allawi delivered a stinging rebuke to Kerry's "defeatism" and painted a hopeful, though realistic, picture of conditions in Iraq, and where they're heading. "It's a tough struggle with setbacks," Allawi said, "but we are succeeding." Iraq is "emerging finally from Dark Ages of violence . . . corruption and greed." And, in his most blunt...
  • John Kerry On Iraq: Weathervane In A Windstorm

    09/23/2004 10:08:07 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 16 replies · 484+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | 23 September 2004 | Dustin Hawkins
    Flip "Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president." -- John Kerry 12/20/03 Flop "...(T)he satisfaction we take in (Saddam's) downfall does not hide this fact: We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure." -- John Kerry, 9/20/04 Reality Check "Well, what can we say of Senator Kerry? He was for the war and then he was against the war....
  • A turning point for Kerry?

    09/23/2004 11:48:14 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies · 1,024+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 24, 2004 | Scott Lehigh
    ...Here's the best indication that Kerry has finally decided to drive a stake in the ground on Iraq. Kerry's campaign knew that, in response to Kerry's speech, the Bush-Cheney team would immediately redouble its assault on Kerry as an inveterate flip-flopper. The candidate, however, waved away those concerns. "I don't care. I am not going to sit and listen to Bush not face reality," Kerry said, according to one adviser. To be sure, another GOP accusation of expediency is hardly the only peril. One national strategist, noting that President Bush currently enjoys a strong lead when voters are asked who...
  • Tying Kerry to Terror Tests Rhetorical Limits

    09/23/2004 8:50:08 PM PDT · by BigWaveBetty · 20 replies · 515+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Dana Milbank
    President Bush and leading Republicans are increasingly charging that Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry and others in his party are giving comfort to terrorists and undermining the war in Iraq -- a line of attack that tests the conventional bounds of political rhetoric. Appearing in the Rose Garden yesterday with Iraq's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, Bush said Kerry's statements about Iraq "can embolden an enemy." After Kerry criticized Allawi's speech to Congress, Vice President Cheney tore into the Democratic nominee, calling him "destructive" to the effort in Iraq and the struggle against terrorism. It was the latest instance...
  • With Eye on Debates, Kerry Wields Iraq

    09/23/2004 7:54:26 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 18 replies · 635+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 09/24/04 | Dan Balz
    Analysis With Eye on Debates, Kerry Wields Iraq Weakened by Bush, Democrat Attacks By Dan Balz Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 24, 2004; Page A06 One axiom of this campaign year is that whenever Iraq has dominated the news, President Bush has suffered politically. What Democrats and Republicans are asking this week is how much the latest bad news from Iraq will set back a president who emerged from his convention stronger than at any point in the general election. Aides to John F. Kerry are suggesting that the Massachusetts senator has turned a corner with newly aggressive attacks...
  • O'Reilly About to Run Pre-Iraq War Interview with Kerry

    09/23/2004 5:46:13 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 106 replies · 3,281+ views
    Fox News
    Does anyone remember what Kerrry's position was in this interview? I should make some popcorn for this...
  • Cheney 'appalled' by Kerry's 'lack of respect' for Iraqi leader

    09/23/2004 6:39:35 PM PDT · by Jalapeno · 118 replies · 3,476+ views
    Cheney 'appalled' by Kerry's 'lack of respect' for Iraqi leader ST. JOSEPH, United States (AFP) - US Vice President Richard Cheney said he was apalled by what he described as the "lack of respect" shown by Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry (news - web sites) to the interim leader of Iraq (news - web sites) Iyad Allawi. Allawi met President George W. Bush (news - web sites) at the White House earlier Thursday and addressed a rare joint session of the US Congress where he told lawmakers: "We are succeeding in Iraq." Speaking in Columbus, Ohio, shortly after Allawi's speech,...
  • I Nearly Fell Out Of Bed (Where I Lounge To Watch TV)

    09/23/2004 1:49:30 PM PDT · by LarkNeelie · 29 replies · 1,621+ views
    Stark Raving Mad ^ | 09/22/04 | Lark
    Just moments after Iraqi PM Allawi spoke to a joint meeting of Congress wherein he thanked America, describing the horror of life under Saddam and Iraq’s staggeringly swift progress toward self-sufficiency under the umbrella of US protection, John Frickin’ Kerry on national TV today accused Allawi of being in cahoots with President Bush to lie about the state of Iraq! In a stunning and breathtaking breach of diplomatic decency now seared in my memory (seared, I tell you), Kerry dragged Allawi directly into his tasteless campaign rhetoric, saying:"The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best...
  • The Kerry Camp, Cautiously Giddy

    09/21/2004 8:43:10 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 104 replies · 2,687+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 09/22/04 | Hanna Rosin
    The Kerry Camp, Cautiously Giddy By Hanna Rosin Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, September 22, 2004; Page C01 NEW YORK Mario Cuomo was glowing after John Kerry's Iraq speech Monday at New York University: "Great! Excellent! Masterful!" raved the former New York governor, who sat near the front. "He's never been clearer. He's turning this thing around." And then, just as his handlers hustled him away, Cuomo turned to yell a few words of advice over his shoulder: "Now what he needs to do is be specific, hard, truthful, do more of the same." It's a tic that Kerry seems...
  • GOP HAMMERS Kerry for insulting Allawi

    09/23/2004 1:24:29 PM PDT · by jjmnolte · 28 replies · 2,165+ views
    What was Kerry thinking? I wish he'd talk this tough about the French.
  • KERRY CALLS ALLAWI AND PRESIDENT BUSH LIARS...

    The subliberal candidate for President of the United States calls the Prime Minister of Iraq a liar. One would think if things were so awful in Iraq he would be saying so and be campaigning for Kerry. Allawi is obviously against TERRORISM and KERRORISM... >The Massachusetts senator questioned assertions by Allawi, a key ally of the Bush administration, that Iraq would hold elections in January despite the flaring insurgency and that "we are succeeding in Iraq." "I think the prime minister is obviously contradicting his own statement of a few days ago when he said that terrorists are pouring into...
  • Senator Kerry's Remarks (TEXT OF TODAY'S RANT ON Allawi & IRAQ)

    09/23/2004 10:32:35 AM PDT · by GailA · 161 replies · 3,900+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/23/04 | john f kerry
    Senator Kerry's Remarks Published: September 23, 2004 The following are remarks made by Senator John Kerry today in Columbus, Ohio. I want victory. I want to win. And I have a better plan to win than George Bush does. The president says that things are getting better in Iraq and we must just stay the same course. Well, I disagree. They're not getting better and we need to change the course to protect our troops and to win. Before the war, the president said that there were lots of terrorists causing the trouble; that's why we had to go to...
  • Iraqi PM Allawi Says Thanks to America - Kerry Says It's A Hoax - This Is Getting Pathetic

    09/23/2004 12:48:59 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies · 2,341+ views
    SouthernOregonNews.com ^ | September 23, 2004 | Dennis M. Becklin
    Medford, Oregon - Presidential contender John Kerry has assailed Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's speech thanking America for the sacrifices needed to offer his country an opportunity for freedom and a democratic form of government. John Kerry seems to be losing his cool. After a week of the nastiest charges and name-calling coming from Kerry and Clinton era henchmen now employed by his campaign, perhaps nothing is too low for the Kerry campaign. Attacking the PM of Iraq as a pawn of the Bush campaign for President is just over the top...way over the top. Then there's your continued...
  • Kerry: Allawi Abets Bush in Putting on 'Best Face'

    09/23/2004 12:13:47 PM PDT · by ambrose · 25 replies · 752+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/04
    Kerry: Allawi Abets Bush in Putting on 'Best Face' Thu Sep 23, 2004 02:17 PM ET By Patricia Wilson COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Democratic White House challenger John Kerry said on Thursday interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi had abetted President Bush in putting the "best face" on an Iraq policy in disarray. Pounding his Republican rival on the war and its chaotic aftermath for a fourth consecutive day, Kerry also ridiculed Bush for leaving New York after his address to the U.N. General Assembly this week without meeting enough foreign leaders. The Massachusetts senator questioned assertions by Allawi, a...
  • Kerry: Allawi's Take on Iraq Unrealistic

    09/23/2004 12:06:03 PM PDT · by antifem · 109 replies · 1,669+ views
    Associated Press Writer
    Kerry: Allawi's Take on Iraq Unrealistic Thursday September 23, 2004 4:46 PM AP Photo FLJC106 By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Thursday that Iraq's Ayad Allawi was sent before Congress to put the ``best face'' on Bush administration policy. Shortly after Allawi, the interim government's prime minister, gave a rosy portrayal of progress toward peace in Iraq, Kerry said the assessment contradicted reality on the ground. ``The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best face on the policy, but the fact is that the CIA...
  • Kerry Says Bush Avoiding Reality on Iraq

    09/23/2004 1:48:07 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 18 replies · 338+ views
    (AP) ^ | September 23, 2004 2:49am | (AP)
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Bush (website - news - bio) 's statement that a "handful" of people are willing to kill to stop progress in Iraq is another blunder that shows he's avoiding reality, Democrat John Kerry (website - news - bio) told The Associated Press. "George Bush let Osama bin Laden (news - bio) escape at Tora Bora," Kerry said in a brief interview Wednesday. "George Bush retreated from Fallujah and other communities in Iraq which are now overrun with terrorists and threaten our troops. And George Bush said on the record we can't win the war on...
  • Kerry’s rank opportunism on Iraq War

    09/23/2004 2:22:50 AM PDT · by billorites · 5 replies · 222+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | September 22, 2004 | Jay Ambrose
    JOHN KERRY was right in some of what he said in his ballyhooed pronouncements on Iraq Monday: Things are going very badly in the war, and President Bush has to take some of the blame. But his prescriptions are repetitions of what he has been calling for all along, no different in large measure from Bush administration policies and in at least one area of emphasis hopelessly naive. Then there was his new-found wisdom on the invasion. The Democratic presidential candidate said in the speech he would not have taken on Saddam Hussein — this after voting to authorize the...
  • In a Risky Move, Kerry Shifts Focus to Iraq From Economy

    09/23/2004 12:03:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 447+ views
    Wall Street Journal - Page One [Todays free feature] ^ | September 23, 2004 | JACOB M. SCHLESINGER
    WASHINGTON -- A month ago, Iraq was one of John Kerry's biggest political liabilities. His campaign had decided to play down the Iraq war to focus on issues that seemed more favorable to Democrats: the economy, jobs and voters' health-care anxieties. Now all that has changed: Mr. Kerry sees Iraq and more broadly the war on terror as essential to his hopes for capturing the White House, having given three major speeches on the subject in the past three weeks This shift reflects a basic strategic decision within the Kerry campaign, encouraged by a coterie of communications advisers and pollsters...
  • Kerry parodies himself: Latest Iraq position vanquishes all credibility

    09/23/2004 2:20:00 AM PDT · by billorites · 12 replies · 977+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | September 22, 2004 | Editorial
    JOHN KERRY on Monday gave what his campaign billed as the major Iraq speech of his campaign. A few hours later, in an attempt to deflect criticism from President Bush, Kerry’s campaign issued a one-paragraph statement to clarify what the senator had been unable to make clear in his hour-long speech. But Kerry’s meaning was actually perfectly obvious, and the backtracking clarification was the campaign’s attempt to soften the blows that had already, and predictably, begun to rain down from Team Bush. Here is what Kerry said about Iraq on Monday: “Invading Iraq has created a crisis of historic proportions...
  • “Shameful & Irresponsible”

    09/22/2004 8:50:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 814+ views
    NRO ^ | September 22, 2004 | Deroy Murdock
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version September 22, 2004, 9:42 a.m. "Shameful & Irresponsible"John Kerry plays politics with the war on terror. If John Kerry's skin were any thinner, he would seem contained by Saran Wrap. Criticize the Democratic presidential nominee to any degree, and he responds as if gravely and unfairly wounded, even if he threw the first punch. "The Bush campaign and its allies have turned to the tactics of fear and smear because they can't talk about jobs, health care, energy independence and rebuilding our alliances," Kerry whined...
  • Cheney applies blowtorch to Kerry over Iraq

    09/22/2004 8:52:55 AM PDT · by Gucho · 36 replies · 1,825+ views
    Cheney applies blowtorch to Kerry over Iraq -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Big News Network.com Wednesday 22nd September, 2004 Campaigning in Ohio Tuesday, Vice President Dick Cheney accused Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry of changing positions on the war in Iraq. "Kerry," Cheney told the crowd, "outlined what I think is his ninth position on the war in Iraq during what Democrats said was a major address on foreign policy Monday." "He attacked the progress we are making and the policies we've implemented," Cheney said of the speech. "Yet despite all the harsh rhetoric (Kerry) endorsed many of the same goals President Bush has...
  • Kerry makes his stand on Iraq

    09/22/2004 10:07:09 AM PDT · by Gucho · 16 replies · 307+ views
    Kerry makes his stand on Iraq By Paul Reynolds BBC News Online world affairs correspondent John Kerry has finally decided that the only way he can win the US presidential election is to come out against the war in Iraq. Kerry has taken an anti-Iraq war stance to boost his campaign His problems are that he voted for the war - and his solutions appear to be the ones President Bush is already trying to implement. He has also rejected the advice of former President Bill Clinton that he should switch the main campaign theme to domestic issues. It is...
  • Kerry Returns to Florida, Hammering Bush on Iraq (Claims Internal Polls Show Slight Lead in Florida)

    09/22/2004 11:16:43 AM PDT · by Bonaventure · 29 replies · 791+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2004 | Richard W. Stevenson
    Senator John Kerry returned to Florida on Tuesday after an absence of a month, campaigning in a crucial swing state with a newly aggressive attack on President Bush's handling of Iraq and a feisty critique of the president's record on health care. Appearing in Orlando with his running mate, Senator John Edwards, and earlier in Jacksonville, Mr. Kerry sought to project the aura of a candidate hitting his stride. His staff was equally upbeat, asserting that the campaign's polling showed Mr. Kerry running neck and neck or even a little ahead of Mr. Bush in Florida, a claim impossible to...
  • Kerry rules out more Iraq troops

    09/22/2004 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 42 replies · 800+ views
    The Australian ^ | 23sep04 | From correspondents in Washington
    DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate John Kerry, who has warned of deepening chaos in Iraq, said today he would not send additional US troops even if turmoil persists into next year. In an interview with National Public Radio, Mr Kerry reiterated "there's no way" he would have gone to war knowing Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat with weapons of mass destruction and had no ties to al-Qaeda terrorists. Mr Kerry said the US could not cut-and-run after the March 2003 invasion. "Not having a failed state in Iraq, it seems to me, is important to our country's security," he said. But...
  • James Lileks: Kerry's Almost Just About Final Position on Iraq

    09/22/2004 2:35:36 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 548+ views
    The Newhouse News Service ^ | September 22, 2004 | James Lileks
    President Bush recently insisted that Iraq was en route to stability, and Sen. John Kerry shot back: "With all due respect to the president, has he turned on the evening news lately? Does he read the newspapers? Does he really know what's happening? Is he talking about the same war that the rest of us are talking about?" This would seem a rather inopportune time to claim the evening news as the font of truth unvarnished. It's hard to imagine the American people reassured by a president who bases his decisions on things he sees on the tube. President Kerry!...
  • Kerry nixes more troops for Iraq(FLIP)April Interview-More Troops needed? Will Do. (FLOP)

    09/22/2004 4:08:34 PM PDT · by kattracks · 16 replies · 444+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/22/04 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (news - web sites), who has warned of deepening chaos in Iraq (news - web sites), said he would not send additional US troops even if turmoil persists into next year. In an interview with National Public Radio, Kerry reiterated "there's no way" he would have gone to war knowing Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) posed no imminent threat with weapons of mass destruction and had no ties to Al-Qaeda terrorists. Kerry said the United States could not cut-and-run after the March 2003 invasion. "Not having a failed state in Iraq,...
  • A War Referendum / John Kerry finally offers voters a choice on Iraq and terrorism.

    09/22/2004 3:06:26 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 15 replies · 516+ views
    WSJ ^ | September 22, 2004
    If nothing else, John Kerry's apparent decision to close out the 2004 Presidential campaign as the "antiwar" candidate would seem to be true to himself and to the party he now leads. The Democratic nominee entered public life, after all, questioning both America's policy and its purposes in Vietnam. He's now staking his bid for the White House as a critic of the boldest and most divisive American foreign policy initiative since. In the process, Mr. Kerry just might offer us all a clarifying debate over the proper scope and scale of the war on terror, and his Democratic base...
  • Kerry's Iraq gambit

    09/21/2004 7:02:04 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 6 replies · 373+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/21/04 | Lowry
    John Kerry plans to make a fall campaign push on Iraq. Since this issue has been one of his major weaknesses (quick: Describe his position in a sentence with five clauses or less), this latest new-and-improved Kerry strategy seems folly. But it is conceivable (although not likely) that Kerry can make a comeback based on Iraq. Here is why the gambit at least makes sense and how -- if he makes the right moves -- it could work for him. NECESSITY: John Kerry will not win the election trailing President Bush by 20 points on national security. Pointing to the...
  • Kerry Iraq Speech Has His Camp in 'Fighting Mood'

    09/21/2004 5:31:20 PM PDT · by NCjim · 50 replies · 1,007+ views
    MyWay News ^ | September 21, 2004 | Patricia Wilson
    One speech may not a campaign make, but John Kerry and his top advisers are pumped up and in "a fighting mood" after the Democratic candidate's aggressive attack on President Bush's handling of Iraq. The Massachusetts senator, lagging in opinion polls six weeks before the Nov. 2 election, seems to have kicked a habit of pulling his punches at the last minute and showed a new willingness to mix it up with his Republican rival. From a scathing address detailing Bush's "arrogance and outright incompetence" on Iraq, to a Democratic fund-raiser and on to a morning television talk show where...
  • A Foreign War: John Kerry takes another position on the war he knows not much about.

    09/21/2004 12:45:56 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 7 replies · 436+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 21, 2004 | James S. Robbins
    Yesterday John Kerry took a new position on the war in Iraq. This is to say, yet another new position. In a speech at New York University, he took President Bush to task for waging an unnecessary war. But wait a sec — that's not the new position I want to write about, even though it's worth noting. And I'm not going to do a comparative retrospective on Senator Kerry's various stances, shades of opinion, positions, postures, and attitudes with regard to Iraq because that has been covered exhaustively elsewhere — and besides I only have about a thousand...