Diana West

Why? Maybe because he's the kind of man who would refer to granddaddy-terror-kingpin Yasir Arafat, as he did in a 1997 book, as a "statesman." Or defend Moqtada al-Sadr as a "legitimate voice in Iraq," as he did in April after coalition forces shut down the terror leader's newspaper when it urged violence against U.S. troops. ("Well, let me ... change that term legitimate," he quickly amended himself during an interview with National Public Radio. The newspaper "belongs to a voice.") Or call for a "more sensitive" war on terror, as he did this summer. Or promise a "grand bargain" with Iran, as he did last month, offering to allow the rogue-state to retain its nuclear power plants in exchange for its promise not to make WMD. Or plan to exit Iraq -- a "distraction" from the war on Islamic terror, he absurdly insists -- ASAP.

The Kerry Doctrine would begin not with a bang, but with an apology. "In the first hundred days in office," Kerry vowed last winter, "I will go to the United Nations -- I will go in the first weeks -- and I will travel to our traditional allies" -- guess who -- "to affirm that the United States has rejoined the community of nations." Such a mea-culpish jaunt, more appropriate for a Libya, or a Cuba someday, might not make the flag wave, but it's sure to make jihadis smile.

Former New York mayor Ed Koch explained it this way: "Just as I and millions of Americans believe Kerry and Bush differ in their approaches to international terrorism," he wrote this week, "you can be certain that bin Laden, al-Zarqawi and other Islamic terrorists recognize these differences. Surely they know which presidential candidate would be more likely to wage war against them and the countries that harbor them, with or without United Nations support, and pursue them until they are defeated." Koch, a liberal Democrat, is voting for Bush.

As will anyone else serious about victory.

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).