Yes, Kerry believes in waging some sort of war on terror, but he wants to do so in conjunction with the United Nations, a body which treats the likes of Fidel Castro?s Cuba and Moammar Gadhafi?s Libya as morally equal to the United States and superior to the Middle East?s sole democracy, Israel.
And Kerry has yet to state unequivocally that the war on terror is, at core, about good versus evil.
If George W. Bush wins reelection this fall, then the woman who will most likely follow in Kerry?s footsteps in 2008 appears to suffer from a similar moral myopia.
In a speech last month at the liberal Brookings Institution, Hillary Clinton seemed to claim that women were better off under Saddam Hussein because under the tyrant, ?on paper women had rights.?
She then ticked off those ?rights,? concluding with this doozy: ?as long as they stayed out of [Saddam?s] way, they had considerable freedom of movement.?
What ?freedom of movement? for women is there, though, in a country with government-run rape rooms?
This is not to say the entire Democratic Party harbors dangerous notions about evil-doers?but the party of Harry Truman and JFK is now clearly led by such folks.
And the Democratic base seems to live in Kerry?s and Clinton?s fantasy world.
Howard Dean?s fiery anti-war rhetoric made the hard left squeal like teenage girls at a boy band concert, and now Kerry is pandering to these core voters. This is the moveon.org crowd that believes Saddam was not such a bad guy and who hates Bush for every other aspect of his prosecution of the war on terror.
Given Kerry?s need to energize his base this November, the already nasty rhetoric will get even more heated. Beyond the bluster, though, there is but one core issue: the one candidate able to recognize confront evil is thankfully the one already in the White House.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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