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Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Disingenuous Politics

By Steven Taylor @ 10:33 am

Kerry Says His Vote on Iraq Would Be the Same Today

Senator John Kerry said Monday that he would have voted to give the president the authority to invade Iraq even if he had known all he does now about the apparent dearth of unconventional weapons or a close connection to Al Qaeda.

“I believe it’s the right authority for a president to have,” said Mr. Kerry, who has faced criticism throughout his presidential campaign for that October 2002 vote.

But Mr. Kerry, the Democratic nominee, extended his attack on President Bush’s prosecution of the war, saying he had not used the Congressional authority effectively.

“My question to President Bush is, Why did he rush to war without a plan to win the peace?” Mr. Kerry told reporters here after responding to Mr. Bush’s request last week for a yes-or-no answer on how he would vote today on the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq.

My question for the Senator: why didn’t he insist on such a plan before he voted for the action? Further, if he thinks/thought that Bush was rushing to war, why did he vote for the resolution? This is classic trying to play both sides of the issue and therefore playing neither.

And while I concur there is substantial room for criticism as to the post-invasin gameplan, I find that while Mr. Kerry can critcize in a general sense, he still isn’t offering a concrete alternatives.

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  1. The issue here is that Kerry didn’t answer the question.

    The President originally said:

    “My opponent hasn’t answered the question of whether, knowing what we know now, he would have supported going into Iraq. That’s an important question and the American people deserve a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.”

    Now, let’s remember, here, Kerry claimed he voted for the authority to go to war, never dreaming that Bush would use that authority… he said this while trying to explain away why he’d vote to go to war, but not fund the troops he voted to send.

    By that explaination, that vote was not support for the action of going to war. By the same token, then voting for that auithority even sans WMD, still is not a vote of going to war. So Kerry pulled a Clinton, and dodged the question rather than answer it.

    Comment by Bithead — Tuesday, August 10, 2004 @ 10:40 am

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