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  • homeydontplaydat13 homeydontplaydat13 Sep 26, 2004 9:26 PM Flag

    Insulting a Friend

    http://www.investors.com/editorial/issues.asp?v=9/27

    Politics: Sen. John Kerry and his crew have proved Sen. Zell Miller right. They really will say anything to get elected, even if that means undermining a courageous ally and greasing the skids to defeat in Iraq.

    It was the renegade Democrat Miller who roused the 2004 Republican convention and raised the ire of the taste police with lines like these:

    "Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats' manic obsession to bring down our commander in chief."

    Strong stuff. At the time, even some on the GOP side suggested that Miller had gone too far. But after the events of the past week, we're wondering if he might not have gone far enough.

    That "manic obsession" described by Miller has so consumed Kerry and his campaign aides that they don't seem to care how much harm they do to the national interest or to America's allies.

    One of those allies, maybe the most important one at this point, is Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. Allawi is a true hero, a man who has stepped forward for the hazardous mission of forming an effective Iraqi government and shepherding the nation toward democracy. Terrorists have marked him for death. Even critics of President Bush's policies owe Allawi some respect.

    They owe him support as well. If he fails, Iraq would slide closer to chaos, and the danger to U.S. troops and civilians would rise accordingly. Whether the goal is to win or just get out unscathed, it would be harder to achieve.

    So how did the Democratic presidential nominee show his respect and support for Allawi? By snubbing his Thursday speech to Congress (along with a number of other Democrats) and, as soon as it ended, calling him little better than a liar and a lap dog.

    It was an insult as ignoble as Kerry's description of the coalition allies as "the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted."

    In his speech, Allawi said the situation in Iraq is less chaotic than news reports make it seem, and the country should be able to hold national elections as scheduled in January. Kerry, who has pegged his campaign on persuading the American people that the Iraq war is an unwinnable fiasco, couldn't let such optimism go unchallenged, even when it came from a man who actually lives in Iraq.

    So he suggested, not so subtly, that Allawi was bending the truth just to give Bush a boost.

    "The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best face on the (Iraq) policy," he said, "but the fact is that the CIA estimates, reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story."

    That was "relatively restrained," as Los Angeles Times' Ron Brownstein noted, in comparison to what some Kerry aides were suggesting. Brownstein quoted one of them, senior adviser Joe Lockhart, as saying of the courageous Allawi: "The last thing you want to be seen as is a puppet of the United States, and you can almost see the hand underneath the shirt today moving the lips."

    What might Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and our other enemies make of such comments? Kerry and Lockhart have played into their hands. To the extent that the Kerry campaign's view of Allawi gets around in Iraq, it will weaken the prime minister's government. It's never helpful to a leader to be seen as anyone's puppet, yet here's Kerry and his crew calling Allawi just that.

    Are we saying that the Kerry campaign is deliberately seeking to undermine Allawi, destabilize Iraq, embolden terrorists and bring about a U.S. defeat?

    No. But Kerry's insulting treatment of a key ally shows him to be irresponsible, graceless and obsessively bent on winning office at all costs. Three little words come to mind: unfit to serve.

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    • Guess your wrong again Maude. Guess the debate has effected the thinking voters out there. Seems some are finally hearing Kerry's message directly not through the lies of the FibVets and Neos.

      You are right, Kerry does debate better. He can think on his feet. He remembers who attacked the US. I understand however that Cheney is going to come to W's rescue. He's gonna release that top-secret evidence that Hussein is indeed really Osama. Then he's gonna challenge the patriotism of all that don't believe him, ala FiBs.

      Yes there is a bad candidate out there. Unfortnately he has been the president for the past few years.

      alpha

    • qwak....i got a sony vaio lap with the little touch pad being the mouse...took a long time to get used to it....but now the mouse is very awkward......have fun!!

    • QWAK,Bear, I read the book and know how it turns out,one of the idiots will get elected (most likely Bush)and a fiew months later the REALITY of how messed up things are will set in and people will be bitching about that.

      Actualy I spent the time instaling my new roller ball wieless mouse(RAT),and geting used to it. Realy COOL got 8 functions and does every thing but cook my dinner! :)

      the DUCK

    • hi duck.....i hope you watched the debate..but assume you didn't...no choice huh..

    • QWAK,Bear sort of like the old saying "IF the DOG had not have stoped to take a PEE it would have cought the CAR"
      LOL HE HE HE

      Which begs the quiestion: "What would the DOG do with the CAR even IF it cought IT?"

      HUMmmmmmmmmmmmm

      the DUCK

    • REGARDING:
      RE:..A simple test is to answer what we would have done had Saddam abdicated prior to the action???? What would this Administration have done, different from that which it has done???
      How many will be honest enough to respond to that simple question???

      >>>>it's over ..he didn't..what is the purpose...like lookin at a stk chart...if only i would bot @..or sold @....or perhaps a baseball game after the Braves won...and wondering what woulda happenned if only so & so hadn't stuck out....totally useless waste of time..and in your case..brainpower!!!!!!!!!


      RESPONSE: Unless one understand's the decision-making quality of its leaders, one will be handicapped when attempting to measure the quality of those leaders.
      Ignorance disables one's ability to form quality conclusions.

    • RE:..A simple test is to answer what we would have done had Saddam abdicated prior to the action???? What would this Administration have done, different from that which it has done???
      How many will be honest enough to respond to that simple question???

      >>>>it's over ..he didn't..what is the purpose...like lookin at a stk chart...if only i would bot @..or sold @....or perhaps a baseball game after the Braves won...and wondering what woulda happenned if only so & so hadn't stuck out....totally useless waste of time..and in your case..brainpower!!!!!!!!!

    • Gee AZ,
      Maybe you need to re-read the post.

      I am insulting and condemning, not joining.
      I just try to do it tactfully. Perhaps too much so, for the dimwitted out there seem to have missed the point.

      KO board. KO. Coca-Cola. Soft drinks, orange juice, water. Sound familiar?

      I grow weary of the incessant ramblings of people who wish to simply practice their internet search skills. Yes, we can all find faults with the other guy (Though I contend its easier to find fault with Kerry, of course.)

      OK, there are differences of opinion.
      STFU about it already! We all know who we are voting for at this point.

      Notwithstanding Jim Lehrer tossing underhanded pitches to Kerry last night (jesus, was THAT a F-ing transparent assist by the press!!!) very few people are going to change their minds.

      Kerry is a better debater. So th f- what?
      He is a duplicitous, lying opportunist! He is NOT a man of princicple. Blah, blah, blah.

      You leftists will simply lob criticism at the President because all you have left is hatred and anger. You have a bad candidate. You have no agenda. You have nothing but hatred and attacks.

      So - I've heard it. We've all f-ing heard it.

      Enough already!!

    • Gee Maude,,, about as much sense as Bush and his justification for our continuing presence in Iraq. Try and bring something to the discussion next time. Even if its your tired self excuses for the Bush Body Bag Bonananza.

      Alpha

    • Well, there was potential to save a lot of money but capitalism is predicated on the churn.

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