Debra J. Saunders

 While critics dismiss the allies as window dressing, the Sunday Times of London reports that in August, British troops used up to 100,000 rounds of ammunition. Unilateral? Tell that to the 66 British troops who gave their lives or the three Polish soldiers killed in Hilla on Sept. 12.

 "I understand how to bring those countries back to our side," Kerry has said of the countries that did not join the coalition. His formula must be: Dismiss the British, Aussies, Poles and Italians -- for gun-shy France and Germany? Au contraire, all Kerry has done is shown that he is a foreign-policy swell who hardly notices the blood spilled by America's true friends.

 The New York Times reported Monday that, according to the sage Lockhart, Camp Kerry will introduce a new theme before the debate: Bush is "using the war on terror as a political tool and a political weapon'' in seeking to silence dissent.

 Silencing dissent? Democrats have called Bush a liar, a killer and an idiot, and their surrogate brethren have likened Bush to Hitler. What other names could the Dems have called Bush? In fact, what Kerry's band of blatherers calls silencing dissent is criticism, because when people criticize Camp Kerry, Camp Kerry finally silences itself.

 Asked whether it was appropriate for Kerry/Edwards to undermine Allawi, Sen. Ted Kennedy told CBS' "Face the Nation" that it was more than appropriate: "I think absolutely. I mean, it was Thomas Jefferson who said that dissent is the essential aspect of patriotism."

 They could say they think the war was wrong, and leave it at that. But Kerry voted to authorize the war in Iraq. So his aides invent distinctions that make war harder for America's real allies, they make excuses for America's fair-weather friends, and they advocate cutting and running from a war that has already cost more than 1,000 American lives, even though they are so smart they must be aware that a precipitous exit would make America less secure.

 They make it harder for Iraqis, Americans and U.S. allies to win the war. Then, they call themselves patriots.

Debra J. Saunders

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