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Thursday, September 9, 2004
A Possible Response to the Iraq/Economy Line of Attack

By Steven Taylor @ 10:28 am

It would appear that Jeff Goldstein has already found a possible counter to Kerry’s charge that Iraq has cost too much. The source? Senator John Forbes Kerry.

Even better, the above cited statement that more funds were needed in Iraq precedes the famed vote on the $87 billion.

From MTP, August 31, 2003:

MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that we should reduce funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?

SEN. KERRY: No. I think we should increase it.

MR. RUSSERT: Increase funding.

SEN. KERRY: Yes.

MR. RUSSERT: By how much?

SEN. KERRY: By whatever number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim.

While Kerry may still be able to make the argument about the economy and the drain thereto, these utterances by the Senator do give the Bush administration the perfect counter:, to borrow from Reagan: there he goes again, changing his mind on Iraq.

Now, of the ways to attack Iraq, I still think this is the smartest he has come up with to date, as it does allow for him to criticize the war without directly being seen as anti-security.

Setting aside the rightness or wrongness of funds going up or down, or on a specific vote, or whether or not Iraq is a drain on the economy, in pure political terms, Kerry has demonstrated a reamrkable ability to tie himself into rhetorical knots on policy. This would appear to be the signs of a man who really doesn’t know his own mind on these issues-and this is likely to lead to his electoral undoing.

Hat Tip: Mark the Pundit.

Filed under: Iraq: US Politics: 2004 Campaign

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  1. Yup. Brit Hume had the video of that on FSR last night, in fact.

    Comment by James Joyner — Thursday, September 9, 2004 @ 11:49 am

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