Kerry has repeatedly said that as president he would involve U.S. allies in postwar Iraq, but he has given no proof that those allies, specifically France and Germany, would change their current uncooperative positions. He wants us to believe that "regime change" in the United States would prompt France and Germany to send troops to Iraq. No French or German official has made such a promise, and several have been quoted in the media as saying they won't send troops no matter who wins the election.
In a November 12, 1997, appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," Kerry criticized two U.S. allies for failing to oppose Saddam's failure to comply with the agreement that ended the Persian Gulf war: ".where's the backbone of Russia, where's the backbone of France, where are they in expressing their condemnation of such clearly illegal activity.?" What makes Kerry think such "allies" will now rush to our aid with him in the White House when he holds such a view of them?
Kerry addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention last week in Cincinnati. He criticized President Bush for proposing a troop pullback from Europe and South Korea. But on Aug. 1, Kerry said on ABC's "This Week:" "I will have significant enormous reduction in the level of troops . . . . I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops not just (in Iraq) but elsewhere in the world. In the Koran peninsula, perhaps, in Europe, perhaps . . . ."
In the VFW speech, Kerry sounded as if he had adopted the Bush doctrine of pre-emption when he pledged to "get them (the terrorists) before they get us."
The words of Sen. Joseph Lieberman should be recalled. At a candidates debate last year, Lieberman said Kerry is "ambival(ent) about the war, which does not -- will not -- give the people confidence about our party's willingness to make the tough decisions to protect their security in a world after September 11."
It's a revealing "documentary" the Republican National Committee has produced. It is worth watching before November.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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