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Monday, September 06, 2004

Is Kerry finally getting it?

From the NY Times:
Asked his timetable for pulling troops out of Iraq, Mr. Kerry told a few hundred people in Canonsburg, Pa.: "My goal would be to get them home in my first term. And I believe that can be done." He said he would make it clear that "we do not have longterm designs to maintain bases and troops in Iraq."
"It's the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.
"George Bush's wrongheaded, go-it-alone Iraq policy has cost you - cost you - already, over $200 billion," Mr. Kerry said in Cleveland. "That's $200 billion we're not investing in Cleveland. That's $200 billion we're not investing in our schools and in No Child Left Behind, that's $200 billion we're not investing in health care for all Americans and prescription drugs that are affordable."
Kerry is finally talking about the right war, the one for which George Bush is more to blame than he is. And he got Bush to say this in defense:
"No matter how many times Senator Kerry changes his mind, it was right for America then and it's right for America now that Saddam Hussein is no longer in power."
A pretty tacky, dare I say insensitive, thing to say on a day when 11 US soldiers were killed in Iraq and we learned that over 1000 soldiers were wounded last month. It certainly wasn't right for them.

This is, as Bush points out, another Kerry flip-flop. But it was one he had to make, and while it is pretty hard to see how he can reconcile it with his recent statements, it is his only real hope for not only winning the presidency, but for returning some sanity to our politics. The war on Iraq was and is a gross crime against humanity, and even though John Kerry was a willing accomplice, George W. Bush was the main perpetrator. Bush MUST be attacked on his criminal war in this campaign, even if it takes an accomplice to do it. The public has quickly forgotten most of what Bush said over the past three years; they'll probably forget what Kerry said too. If he's against the war from now through November, he might just win.