Oliver North

Reality: Show us the list of "diplomats" who would negotiate with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his ilk.

Kerry: "To increase the pressure on Iraq's leaders, we must redeploy American forces to garrisoned status."

Reality: U.S. troop leaders -- and Iraqi officials -- agree that the place to put the pressure is on the terrorists who are doing all in their power to prevent formation of a democratic government.

Kerry: "Special operations against Al Qaeda and other foreign terrorists in Iraq should be initiated only on hard intelligence leads."

Reality: That's what's being done now, Mr. Kerry.

Kerry: "We will defeat Al Qaeda faster when we stop serving as its best recruitment tool."

Reality: As the Sept. 11 attacks proved, just being the home of the brave and the land of the free makes America Al Qaeda's best "recruitment tool." It was that way before Iraq -- and it will stay that way much longer if we turn tail and run.

Kerry: "An exit from Iraq will also strengthen our hand in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat …"

Reality: How?

Kerry: " … and allow us to repair the damage of repeated deployments, which flag officers believe has strained military readiness and morale."

Reality: If morale is suffering, why is the reenlistment rate among combat-committed units (average 106 percent) at unprecedentedly high levels?

Kerry's half-witted harangue has attracted considerable attention in the media. It is being widely circulated in the Islamic press. But it's no formula for success. It should instead be described as a plan to abandon ship.


Oliver North

Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.