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Politics: November 1, 2006

Failed Statements by Sen. John Kerry

Sen. John Kerry's irresponsible comments about our troops in Iraq reminded me of this post which reveals his politicization of the war. Here are a few snippets with an update at the end:

July 29, 2002 - Kerry endorses the Bush plan in Iraq, stating,” I agree completely with this Administration's goal of a regime change in Iraq ... Saddam Hussein is a renegade and outlaw who turned his back on the tough conditions of his surrender put in place by the United Nations in 1991." (Sen. John Kerry, Speech To The 2002 DLC National Conversation, New York, NY, 7/29/02)

October 11, 2002 - Kerry Voted For Iraq War Resolution. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted Yea)

March 19, 2003 – Kerry continues his support of the war: “I think Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction are a threat, and that's why I voted to hold him accountable and to make certain that we disarm him.” (“All Things Considered”, 3/19/03)

August 31, 2003 - Kerry said the Iraq Resolution did not empower the President to do a Regime change: "And the fact is, in the resolution that we passed, we did not empower the President to do regime change." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)

Sept. 14, 2003 – Kerry asserts, "I don't think any United States senator is going to abandon our troops and recklessly leave Iraq to whatever follows as a result of simply cutting and running. That's irresponsible." (CBS's Face the Nation, 9/14/03)

Oct. 17, 2003 - Kerry votes against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan Reconstruction Package - $87 Billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Security. (S. 1689, CQ Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted Nay)

March 16, 2004 - Kerry responds to criticism regarind his Oct. 2003 vote: "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it." [appearance at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia]

Aug. 9, 2004 - Answering a direct question from President Bush on whether he would still have cast his vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq "even knowing what we now know", John Kerry replied, "I would have voted for the authority... I believe it was the right authority for the President to have." (Sen. John Kerry, remarks in Arizona, 8/9/04)

Sept. 6, 2004 - Kerry calls the Iraq War "Wrong War In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time." "Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry on Monday called the invasion of Iraq ‘the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time' and said his goal was to withdraw U.S. troops in a first White House term." (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry On Iraq: ‘Wrong War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time'," Reuters, 9/6/04)

Sept. 21, 2004 Kerry says, "I have one position on Iraq."


March 11, 2006 - ''There's a very different John Kerry now who is absolutely crystal clear about how I communicate what I need to communicate. . . . People are going to be looking for leadership." (Boston Globe quoted by National Review Online)

June 14, 2006 - “It is essential to acknowledge that the war itself was a mistake . . . It was wrong and I was wrong to vote for that Iraqi war resolution." (Boston Globe)

Oct. 30, 2006 - While addressing a group of college students at a campaign rally in Pasadena, CA, Kerry states, "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." (10/30/2006)

Oct. 31, 2006 - Kerry blames Republicans for his statements, and justifies himself via an ad hominem attack. "This is the classic GOP playbook," Kerry said in a harshly worded statement.

"I'm sick and tired of a bunch of despicable Republicans who will not debate real policy, who won't take responsibility for their own mistakes, standing up and trying to make other people the butt of those mistakes," Kerry said. "It disgusts me that a bunch of these Republican hacks who've never worn the uniform of our country are willing to lie about those who did. It's over."

One Democratic congressman was dismayed, according to ABC News. "I guess Kerry wasn't content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too."

"As it stands, he owes an apology to the men and women who are serving in Iraq out of patriotism and love of country, not because of any academic deficiencies," Arizona Sen. John McCain said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Nov. 1, 2006 - Sen. John Kerry has cancelled a planned campaign appearance today on behalf of Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz.

Kerry told MSNBC's Imus in the Morning that the criticism of his comments is "disgraceful". Interestingly, his campaign canceled appearances with Democratic congressional candidates in three states after members of his own party criticized his remarks about the Iraq war and U.S. troops.

Posted by tim at November 1, 2006 7:46 AM

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