The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 August 2004

You just turn your pretty head and walk away

John Kerry's secret plan's no secret anymore:

My goal, my diplomacy, my statesmanship is to get our troops reduced in number and I believe if you do the statesmanship properly, I believe if you do the kind of alliance building that is available to us, that it's appropriate to have a goal of reducing the troops over that period of time.

Whatever the hell that means. (And they say Bush has trouble with the language.)

The implications, however, seem clear enough. Notes Mitch Berg:

If Kerry wins, and his "peace" with "honor" agenda takes office, then the terrorists will know one thing; there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's one year away.

If there's anything that guerrillas like more than fighting major armies, it's not fighting major armies. Laying low for a year, in exchange for greasing the skids on a Kerry-led pullout, is a fast, cheap way to return to power in Iraq. Everyone "wins" (if you ignore freedom-loving Iraqis, as John Kerry, the French, Germans, Russians and large parts of the State Department do); Kerry gets his foreign-policy "win" on the cheap (short-term, anyway), the French and Germans get their client back, the terrorists get to fight the scrubs for all the marbles when the US is gone, and the pan-arabs and islamofascists get to win by default.

Which may be an exaggeration, but riddle me this: In the Sixties and Seventies, John Kerry (d)evolved from a marginal hawk to the shrillest possible dove. At the 2004 Democratic convention, he made all sorts of hawkish noises. What in this man's history would make anyone think he might actually have meant any of them?

(Via Steve Gigl)

Posted at 8:01 AM to Political Science Fiction

Uhhhh, he ... he's not Bush! Bush is Hitler!! YEEEAAAAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

Posted by: McGehee at 8:45 AM on 11 August 2004

But Charles, they're going to go to the UN - the UN will solve everything. Just keep repeating that to yourself and everything will be OK.

Posted by: Dan at 9:04 AM on 11 August 2004

Oh come on, Kerry has been a 'premptive strike against people with WMD's' guy for years. His plan is to INCREASE the number of troops. Just like Nixon, the secret plan to end the war and get peace with honor is to keep fighting.

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Posted by: Chris at 10:39 PM on 11 August 2004

What politician, Bush included, hasn't waffled or gone quid-pro-quo with votes to get an agenda item passed?

It's not enough to merely point out that he changes his mind. For this argument to even tread water you have to tell us EXACTLY how someone who reserves the right to change his mind would be a bad president. Seriously, just try.

And yes, you must provide something unique to Kerry, "harming leadership/credibility" is one thing Bush has done VERY well during his presidency, so that's a terrible argument.

Bush's problem with language is capability. The dude just isn't a good public speaker. That doesn't mean he's a bad person or president, it just means he's a bad speaker.

And sometimes poor speakers get made fools of by their own words. No, Kerry isn't the most gifted orator of his generation, but please, Bush can hardly speak a complete sentence that isn't a cliche.

Posted by: chrisb at 9:31 PM on 12 August 2004