Clear Comments on What America Must Decide About Iraq

Kerry had a very clear and strong message today about the choice before the American people when it comes to our own national security. Every voter should heed these words when making their own choice this November.

“Yet today, President Bush tells us that he would do everything all over again, the same way. How can he possibly be serious? Is he really saying that if we knew there was no weapons of mass destruction, no ties to Al Qaeda, no other imminent threat, the United States should have invaded Iraq? My answer is no – because a Commander-in-Chief’s first responsibility is to our national security.”
“Can anyone seriously contend that this President has handled Iraq in a way that makes us stronger in the war on terrorism?” Kerry asked. “By any measure, the answer is no. Nuclear dangers are mounting. The international terrorist club is expanding. Radicalism in the Middle East is on the march. We have divided our friends and united our enemies. And our standing in the world is at an all time low.”
“On 9/11, the world watched, in horror and shock, the events unfold. They shared our pain and grief and suffering,” Garbrille said. “That should have been utilized to fight the war against al-Qaeda. Instead, that good will was squandered. Instead of going into Afghanistan, and bringing back Bin Laden, dead or alive, this administration went into Iraq; Afghanistan almost completely forgotten, Bin Laden turned into Saddam. Instead of shutting down al-Qaeda, we have created a new hotbed of terrorists, who are easily able to cross our borders and land on our shores.”

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eric on September 20, 2004 at 1:59 pm

    “Responding to President Bush’s challenge to clarify his position, Sen. John F. Kerry said Monday that he still would have voted to authorize the war in Iraq even if he had known then that U.S. and allied forces would not find weapons of mass destruction.”
    Wish Kerry would make up his mind about how he feels about the war in Iraq.

  2. Voting to authorize the President to use force if necessary is far different from saying he would go to war with Iraq. Congress wanted to show a untied front and to show that the U.S. was not weak — they in effect gave the President a big stick, they just didn’t expect him to use it as he did. The President at the time had said that if given the authority he would only user his powers to wage war as “a last resort” – that clearly was not how it unfolded in the rush to war.
    It is this type of nuance that the current administration cannot understand and unfortunately it is looking like the American people can’t either. Not everything is black and white, but the Bush team is doing a great job of convincing folks it is.

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