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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Senator Kerry Throws Down The Gauntlet (Wrapped In A White Flag)

Lunchtime punditry at it's best. Yes, this story caught my attention this morning as I was scanning Drudge. It seems the nuanced senator from Massachusetts is in full presidential election mode, and he's taking swipes at the Swift Boat Vets again. From the Examiner:

Moments before Sen. John Kerry shows up to campaign for a local politician at a backyard rally here, voter Sue Borden wrinkles her nose at the mention of the man who lost to President Bush.

“You get one chance,” the Democrat tells a reporter. “If you can’t win, then it’s time to let someone else try.”

But less than an hour later, after she meets Kerry and listens to him deliver an impassioned speech from a wooden deck, Borden softens and says she would consider voting again for the Massachusetts Democrat. ...

Anyone would consider voting for him, until they hear what he has to say about the economy, the war, immigration reform, etc. There were a few things that killed Senator Kerry's bid to be president. The first, and most obvious, was his plan for a "global test" that he mentioned in his first debate with President Bush. This nation is a sovereign one, and isn't likely to turn it's national security interests over to other nations. The whole global test idea is a farce. It boils down to letting other nations have the final say on what we do militarily throughout the world. We already have a global test in effect. It's called the UN, and it's failed miserably for years.

... It is not clear whether Kerry will have enough time to personally meet and convert every disaffected Democrat in the nation by the election of 2008. But he appears determined to at least counter the conventional wisdom that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has all but locked up the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I don’t buy it,” he said in an interview with The Examiner this week. “You know, people sit with you and talk with you here, and they’re going to make judgments about who can be president. They’re going to make judgments about who can run.

“I think I’d be a good president,” he adds, sitting on the wraparound porch of an old house in Keene. “I don’t care what the dominant, conventional wisdom is today; it will not be the dominant, conventional wisdom in a year.” ...

With Hillary people have to be careful. Right now the nutroots of the DNC have a problem with her sudden hawkish stance on the war. And on the other hand you have John Kerry, who has all but re-embraced his antiwar views of the sixties and seventies. He's appealing to the Mother Sheehans, the Michael Moores, the Daily Kossacks, and the rest of the nutters in the party. And he has quite a bit of backing from them. The problem is that they represent a minority of Democrat voters. They don't represent the mainstream Democrat voter that is concerned about the war, and whether or not this nation will be protected.

He claims he could be a good president, yet he has jumped on the John Murtha bandwagon, and has sponsored legislation in the Senate for a withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. We'll be among the first to say that we see problems in Iraq. A caveat though--we're not there and aren't in the know. We speculate based on the reports we read from the front lines. So, in essence, our gripes rank up there with the rest of the armchair quarterbacks here at home. But there is a difference between our sides gripes and groans, and the Left's utter hysteria. John Kerry represents that hysteria.

... Kerry says the only reason he didn’t compete in more states in 2004 was that he ran out of money. He says this was also the reason he did not adequately respond to a series of devastating TV ads by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, a group that questioned Kerry’s service in Vietnam and criticized his later opposition to the war.

“They had money behind the lies, and we did not have sufficient money behind the truth,” Kerry laments.

Asked if he dreads the prospect of being “Swift-Boated” all over again, Kerry counters that he would relish such a fight.

“I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,” he declares. “I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive.”

Before he contemplates kicking anyone's @$$, I suggest he address the number one problem he had with them: His records. He claims he has signed the Form 180 to release his records, but his complete records aren't released yet. In addition, the Swift Boat Vets brought up more than just his service. They brought up what he did when he got home, including lying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on rampant war crimes committed by our troops. This testimony by him and others was replayed for Vietnam POWs as a form of psychological torture. During the election, Kerry ran away from this aspect of his record.

And speaking of his record, there is the story of his famous "magic hat" that he was given to him by a CIA operative he supposedly ferried into Cambodia--ordered to by president Nixon in 1968. (If you all are scratching your heads on that one, so were we. Nixon wasn't in office in '68, and Kerry never addressed that aspect of his lie.) The lie quickly changed from a CIA officer to a team of Navy SEALs. Um, excuse me your honor, may I approach the bench?

Navy SEALs didn't use Swift Boats for insertions and operation in Vietnam. They were exclusively connected to the Brown Water Navy and the Navy's Sea Wolves Helicopter Groups. The SEALs needed superior air support, and clandestine methods for manuvering around Vietnam. Their specialized boats, in conjunction with the Brown Water Navy and the Sea Wolves, made them formidable in Vietnam. Swift Boats were too noisy, not manuverable enough, and lacked the firepower necessary for SEAL insertions and support. As a matter of fact, because of the way the war was run, the SEALs operated independently for much of their missions. They developed their own intelligence networks, and RARELY (like once in a blue moon sort of rare) with other units in the war. Senator Kerry was outed again, and by people with far more knowledge on the subject than I do. Former SEALs chastised him for making up stories about how he helped them. The lie changed again soon after that controversy exploded.

John Kerry's biggest mistake in the last election was in running on his Vietnam record without fully vetting it and making it public. Besides, no one really wants to here what he did thirty years ago. But he had no choice. His Senate record on national security was atrocious. He was in favor of nuclear freezes at the climax of the Cold War. He voted against missile defense. He was in favor of a reduction in spending for the military on countless occasions. And he joined the Democrat chorus in condemning our intelligence agencies.

With a record like this, John Kerry has no chance in the future to be president. Our enemies want us dead, and America must be protected. Remember the GOP platform for 2006, 2008, and beyond?

Win The War
Confirm The Judges
Control The Spending
Cut The Taxes
Control The Border

Know why "Win The War" is first? Because if we don't win it, the rest of that list doesn't amount to a hill of beans. If we lose, controlling spending and cutting taxes will be the least of our worries.

Publius II


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