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Is It Already Election Season Again?
John Kerry was on Face The Nation Sunday Night. He was interviewed about his opinions on the Iraq war. To begin the interview, Bob Schieffer started by saying that a “shift of
fewer than 100,000 votes in Ohio and John Kerry would have become president.” Anyone doubt where this interview is going to be headed?
In typical John Kerry fashion, he initially avoided the question about whether or not pulling out of Iraq would make America less safe. And when he finally answered the question that was geared to what HIS opinion was, he deferred to Gen Casey instead of speaking for himself.
It’s odd that he’d use a quote from General Casey that said that “the large presence of American forces in Iraq feeds the notion of occupation and it delays.” Sure it does, but that doesn’t mean General Casey thinks we should pull out.
As a matter of fact, Gen. Casey just said last week, “There is not a timeline. It is all conditions-based. And we do monthly assessments with Iraqi leaders and coalition counterparts. They access the readiness of Iraqi units, military and police and they make judgments based on those assessments.” John Kerry didn’t seem too adamant about quoting him there.
Continuing to offer HIS opinion of whether or not America would be safer with a pull-out, Kerry says, “No one that I know of even on a six-month basis believes that that’s going to leave us in a more exposed basis.” It is my sincere hope that if I ever go into politics I don’t forget how to say YES and NO. Or, it is MY belief that…
In an attempt to get a clear answer, Schieffer asks Kerry again in more specific words that I think even a two year could understand, “So what you’re saying here is it is more dangerous to the American people to leave the troops there than to begin drawing them down? Is that what I take from your answer?”
In a classic Kerry-ism, he again skirts the question. “It is more dangerous to the mission to leave them in the large numbers they’re in today in the status quo.” (emphasis added) That’s quite a novel concept Mr. Kerry has there. It’s actually more dangerous to be IN a war, than not. Assuming, of course, the mission he’s talking about is our war. Wow, you mean it’s safer to be at home than in a war?! Amazing!! But, what about the American people. Are WE safer if we pull out?
Scheiffer than plays a clip of Sec. Rumsfeld where he says in specific terms, after the election we’re pulling 21,000 troops out of Iraq, and more as we stand up security. This is something that John Kerry said himself he wanted to do and yet is criticizing the President for it.
Kerry and Dean must be sleeping together. Later in the interview, Kerry makes reference to the “80 percent of the Iraqi people [that] said they want us to leave. They want us out.”
The answer to my question posed in the title of this post…YES. 2006 is a huge election year for the House and the Democrats want to take it away. So, they’ve sent out their Armies of Stupid. Don’t get me wrong, the Republicans sense then and have responded with their Armies of Idiots as well. For the next year, the Idiots and the Stupids will go at it, and we’ll be forced to sit back and watch.
The military will be caught in the crossfire. We’ll be used as pawns in this fight for power. Our efforts will be dismissed and reduced to one-liners. The candidates will highlight EVERY ONE of our mistakes and ignore our successes. The demoralization of the force begins.
Before I close, let me end with another question Kerry left unanswered.
SCHIEFFER: And as you came out of the White House, a reporter asked you this question. Just listen.
(Excerpt from December 1, 2005)
Unidentified Man: Do you ever find yourself saying, `How did I lose to this guy?’
Sen. KERRY: No. I know how I lost.
(End of excerpt)
SCHIEFFER: Well, I must say, Senator, if there was ever a question that begged a follow-up. So why do you think you lost?
Sen. KERRY: It’s not getting a follow-up. I’m not going backwards, Bob. I’m going forwards. I’m going to take the lessons I learned, take the mistakes I made.
You can read the entire transcript of this interview HERE.
I’ve also updated my Parking Lot Pennies total: $54.46 found lying around as of February 11th.