The search is finally over. Sen. John Kerry is
believed to have found his heroic voice. He apparently misplaced it back in
the early '70s after standing up to the U.S. war in Vietnam upon his saluted
return from battle. Now many antiwar liberals believe Kerry is dissenting yet
"I have come here today to reaffirm that it was right to dissent in
1971 from a war that was wrong. And to affirm that it is both a right and an
obligation for Americans today to disagree with a president who is wrong, a
policy that is wrong, and a war in Iraq that weakens the nation."
Kerry made his proclamation
at Boston's Faneuil Hall on April 22, celebrating the 35-year anniversary of
his infamous speech
to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Although MoveOn.org and others have supported Kerry's appeal to bring U.S.
troops home from Iraq in 2006, the senator has been quite careful to qualify
his remarks. He doesn't want all U.S. troops brought home, just enough
to appease the antiwar crowd and the growing percentage of Americans who think
this war isn't going so hot. As Kerry wrote in a New York Times opinion
piece on April 5:
"If Iraq's leaders succeed in putting together a government, then we
must agree on another deadline: a schedule for withdrawing American combat forces
by year's end. Only troops essential to finishing the job of training Iraqi
forces should remain."
That sure doesn't sound like an end to the war to me: Keeping troops in Iraq
until the "job" is done or Iraqi leaders put together a "government"?
More like, occupy the poor bastards until they comply with U.S. demands. Like
that's going to happen anytime soon. What Kerry is calling for is just more
of the same: war and occupation. Nice try Sen. Kerry, but I don't think you
should be welcomed into the antiwar movement with that kind of twisted logic.
Kerry's long been on the teetering Iraq fence, unsure of which way to fall.
He supported ousting Saddam in the late 1990s by the use of force and voted
for Bush's war resolution giving the liar in chief the right to wallop the Iraqi
menace for whatever reason his coterie of nut jobs conjured up. He supported
Clinton's Iraq bombings and the UN's sanctions during the '90s, too.
This isn't a new thing for Kerry the flip-flopper; he's done it his whole political
life. He signed up to kill in Vietnam and later opposed it. He signed up U.S.
soldiers to kill in Iraq, and now he says he opposes it. How can anybody trust
a senator with a record like that?
And remember, it's only the Iraq war Kerry has a little problem with these
days, not the much more grandiose and illusive "war on terror." If
anything, the senator just wants a better, more effectively executed "war
on terror," not an end to it.
If the fallible John Kerry is the best the Democrats have to offer, we have
a long, treacherous road ahead of us. Not to mention many more Iraq war anniversaries,
and countless deaths.