Based on his speech in New York on Monday, it's obvious that Kerry wants to limit the discussion to President Bush's policies on Iraq, leaving his own mindless meandering on the matter out of the equation.
Sorry, but that just won't get it. In order to evaluate the issue of the Iraq War for purposes of the presidential race, we need to know what Kerry would do there (beyond his generalized four point plan) -- and what he would have done there.
With that in mind, I'd like to see the media ask Kerry a few questions about his Iraq policy. Of course, that would require Kerry to come out of hiding and submit to a real interview with real questions. Here are just a few, multi-part, somewhat complex questions -- to satisfy Kerry's signature fondness for complexity.
Senator, in the finest moment of eloquence in your career -- at least in your mind -- you asked, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die (in Vietnam) for a mistake?" To refresh your memory, Senator, you were urging that the United States withdraw from Vietnam posthaste because we were engaged in an illegal, immoral war. You have never retreated from that statement and continue to wear it as a badge of honor. Unlike your medals -- or was it ribbons? -- you will never throw this one away.
In your New York speech, sporting the same antiwar mindset you proudly wore in 1971, you essentially pronounced America's military action against Iraq a mistake. You said we should "begin to withdraw U.S. forces starting next summer and realistically aim to bring all our troops home within the next four years." Which brings me to my first question.
If our military action against Iraq was and is a mistake, Senator, how do you ask a man to be the last man to die (in Iraq) for a mistake? Why not withdraw our troops in four months? Better yet, four weeks? Four days? Four hours?
Next, Senator, let's take you at your word -- as utterly unbelievable as it is -- that in 2002 you voted to give President Bush authority to attack Iraq with the understanding -- that you must have divined from some powerful '60s tea leaves -- that he would not attack until he'd satisfied a number of conditions. One of those conditions was that the president would continue to grovel at the defiant feet of Saddam Hussein and ask him countless more times to please quit being so mean to the U.N. weapons inspectors.