Diana West

George W. Bush's hometown weekly The Lone Star Iconoclast has endorsed John Kerry for president. This peep of editorial sound and fury prompted numerous yeeha-folksy features from the campaign trail -- "They Don't Call It the 'Iconoclast' for Nothin'" a New York Times article wrote -- but it signifies not much.

Or does it? The Iconoclast is not the first newspaper to tout Kerry. According to the Jerusalem Post, an Aug. 4 editorial in the Syria Times exhorted Arab-Americans not to make the same mistake they made in 2000 by throwing their support in 2004 to George W. Bush. This time around, declared the state-run organ of Bashar Assad's Baathist dictatorship, a vote for John Kerry would be "a wise one." And from the nuke-mad mullah-ocracy in terror-central Iran comes the Good Hezbollah seal of approval: "Kerry," the Tehran Times declared this summer, "is exactly what the U.S. needs right now."

This is not to say that an endorsement from the Tehran Times is exactly what Kerry needs right now. Nor do I mean to imply that The Lone Star Iconoclast is anything but, well, iconoclastic. At the same time, it's a mistake to ignore what can only be described as a surge for Kerry in axis-of-evil and just-plain-evil nations. Indeed, one of the weirder outposts of Kerry support is in North Korea.
There, Radio Pyongyang, the radio network of the Stalinist state, was actually broadcasting Kerry's campaign speeches earlier this year, and reporting them, as the Financial Times put it, in "glowing" terms. As for Bush, Pyongyang's "diplomatic spokesman" recently called the president "an idiot, an ignorant, a tyrant, and a man-killer" -- and, on top of everything else, a "bad guy." As Kenneth Quinones, a former U.S. diplomat who recently visited Pyongyang, told The New York Times, "The North Koreans made it very clear, politely, that they want Mr. Kerry to win." Politely?

Kerry supporters ignore the implications -- that America's enemies would unanimously vote their candidate into the Oval Office over George W. Bush. Indeed, they suppress the implications. The New York Times recently and hotly editorialized that "it is absolutely not all right" to take that logical next step and "suggest that Mr. Kerry is the favored candidate of the terrorists." In some basic way, though, foreign policy comes down to a tally of friends and enemies. Very simply put, Kerry doesn't care enough about our friends -- stalwarts such as Britain and Australia and Italy and Poland and South Korea and free Iraq -- and he is uncomfortably well-liked by our enemies. Even ones who nurture and abet the jihadist networks that want us dead.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).

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