Larry Elder
In the wake of the death of al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, will Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., soften his irresponsible, hey-don't-blame-me criticism of the war in Iraq?

Kerry voted for the war resolution, and insisted that he did not regret his vote. Yet recently, he told a group of Democratic activists that he did regret his vote. Kerry accuses the Bush administration of a "rush to war," arguing that our intelligence painted an incomplete picture of Iraq's WMD.

In a recent meeting with a group of liberal bloggers, Kerry "agreed completely with someone's assessment that everything that Bush does is solely for the purpose of looting the country," as one of the bloggers later reported. "(Kerry) basically said that Bush and his cohorts are criminals. At some other point, he referred to Supreme Court justices Alito, Scalia, and Roberts as 'idiots.'" Following this month's elections that took place in much of the country, Kerry sent an e-mail to Democrats, "(Republicans') claims of momentum are as phony as their claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."

Rush to war? "Claims" of weapons of mass destruction? Let's go the videotape.

"Americans really need to understand the gravity and legitimacy of what is happening with Saddam Hussein. He has been given every opportunity in the world to comply . . . Saddam has not complied. Saddam Hussein is pursuing a program to build weapons of mass destruction." -- Kerry, Dec. 16, 1998, press conference.

"If Saddam Hussein is unwilling to bend to the international community's already-existing order, then he will have invited enforcement, even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act." -- Kerry, Sept. 6, 2002, The New York Times.

"It would be naive to the point of great danger not to believe that, left to his own devices, Saddam Hussein will provoke, misjudge or stumble into a future, more dangerous confrontation with the civilized world. He has as much promised it . . . He has supported and harbored terrorist groups, particularly radical Palestinian groups such as Abu Nidal, and he has given money to families of suicide murderers in Israel . . . We should not go to war because these things are in his past, but we should be prepared to go to war because of what they tell us about the future." -- Kerry, Oct. 9, 2002, Congressional Record.


Larry Elder

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