Even the 9-11 Commission blamed the intelligence agencies, not President Bush for the intelligence errors, errors in which Senator Kerry was equally complicit. Nor did President Bush say there was a direct connection between Saddam and 9-11, but between Saddam, Al Qaeda and other terrorists, which is true.
Kerry's claim that he only voted for the war resolution to give President Bush negotiating leverage is similarly absurd on its face. The resolution, which was unconditional, speaks for itself.
Interestingly, these two rationales were designed to let Kerry have it both ways, pro-war or antiwar, whichever was convenient at the time. But in the end, he hasn't been able to sustain the ruse, because when you lie as often as he has, you eventually lose your bearings. When you listen to Kerry today on Iraq you detect no sense of conviction or passion either way about the war, only a growing frustration and indignation that he has to explain himself. He is, after all, John Kerry.
So here we are in October, and Kerry is still reeling from his fundamental and transparent dishonesty on Iraq. Yet he's faced with the conundrum that if he fully discloses his true antiwar nature he might not even garner as many electoral votes as Jimmy Carter did against Ronald Reagan.
The public is demanding a strong, resolute, decisive, pro-defense leader for the War on Terror. Either way he turns Kerry cannot satisfy all those criteria.
His only hope is to change the subject to President Bush and his alleged mishandling of the War on Iraq. But the public is privy to the same news Kerry is and has concluded for now, at least, that Iraq is not nearly the mess that Kerry claims it is. And even if it becomes that way, President Bush, and not John Kerry, is better suited to navigate us through it.
John Kerry has made his own bed, but he can't sleep in it.