Clicking on banner ads enables JWR to constantly improve
Jewish World Review August 24, 2004/ 7 Elul 5764

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas
JWR's Pundits
World Editorial
Cartoon Showcase

Mallard Fillmore

Michael Barone
Mona Charen
Linda Chavez
Ann Coulter
Greg Crosby
Larry Elder
Don Feder
Suzanne Fields
Paul Greenberg
Bob Greene
Betsy Hart
Nat Hentoff
David Horowitz
Marianne Jennings
Michael Kelly
Mort Kondracke
Ch. Krauthammer
Lawrence Kudlow
Dr. Laura
John Leo
David Limbaugh
Michelle Malkin
Chris Matthews
Michael Medved
Kathleen Parker
Wes Pruden
Sam Schulman
Amity Shlaes
Tony Snow
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Jonathan S. Tobin
Ben Wattenberg
George Will
Bruce Williams
Walter Williams
Mort Zuckerman

Consumer Reports

GOP's answer to Michael Moore | The Republican National Committee has released a "documentary" to counter Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11." The film (available for viewing at chronicles John Kerry's statements about Iraq and proves to all but the most partisan that this is a man who is a political opportunist and a vacillator who cannot be trusted with the power of the presidency.

Opening with Kerry's pledge at the Democratic National Convention last month to "never mislead us into war," the film shows how Kerry consistently favored using force to oust Saddam Hussein until it proved politically advantageous for him to reverse course.

Kerry, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee and had access to pre-war Iraq intelligence (when he bothered to show up for meetings), said on "Face the Nation" on Sept. 23, 2001, "It is something that we know — for instance, Saddam Hussein has used weapons of mass destruction against his own people, and there is some evidence of their efforts to try to secure these kinds of weapons and even test them."

On Dec. 11, 2001, Kerry said on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," "I think we need to put pressure on (Saddam Hussein) no matter what the evidence is about September 11. . . ."

Only July 29, 2002, Kerry spoke to the moderate Democratic Leadership Council and said, "I agree completely with (the Bush) administration's goal of a regime change in Iraq. . . . Saddam Hussein is a renegade and outlaw who turned his back on tough conditions of surrender put in place by the United Nations in 1991."

In an op-ed in the Sept. 6, 2002, New York Times, Kerry wrote: "If Saddam Hussein is unwilling to bend to the international community's already existing order, then he will have invited enforcement, even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act."

How can Kerry now say that the Bush administration did not exhaust diplomatic efforts and went into Iraq without international approval and sufficient (in his mind) international cooperation?

Donate to JWR

During a May 3, 2003, debate among Democratic presidential candidates, Kerry said President Bush made "the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the president made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him." What's changed? Only Kerry.

Kerry has repeatedly said that as president he would involve U.S. allies in postwar Iraq, but he has given no proof that those allies, specifically France and Germany, would change their current uncooperative positions. He wants us to believe that "regime change" in the United States would prompt France and Germany to send troops to Iraq. No French or German official has made such a promise, and several have been quoted in the media as saying they won't send troops no matter who wins the election.

In a November 12, 1997, appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," Kerry criticized two U.S. allies for failing to oppose Saddam's failure to comply with the agreement that ended the Persian Gulf war: ".where's the backbone of Russia, where's the backbone of France, where are they in expressing their condemnation of such clearly illegal activity.?" What makes Kerry think such "allies" will now rush to our aid with him in the White House when he holds such a view of them?

Kerry addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention last week in Cincinnati. He criticized President Bush for proposing a troop pullback from Europe and South Korea. But on Aug. 1, Kerry said on ABC's "This Week:" "I will have significant enormous reduction in the level of troops . . . . I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops not just (in Iraq) but elsewhere in the world. In the Koran peninsula, perhaps, in Europe, perhaps . . . ."

In the VFW speech, Kerry sounded as if he had adopted the Bush doctrine of pre-emption when he pledged to "get them (the terrorists) before they get us."

The words of Sen. Joseph Lieberman should be recalled. At a candidates debate last year, Lieberman said Kerry is "ambival(ent) about the war, which does not — will not — give the people confidence about our party's willingness to make the tough decisions to protect their security in a world after September 11."

It's a revealing "documentary" the Republican National Committee has produced. It is worth watching before November.

Every weekday publishes what many in Washington and in the media consider "must reading." Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Cal Thomas is the author of, among others, The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas Comment by clicking here.

Cal Thomas Archives


© 2002, TMS