Bush said Kerry would let the French control our military

The said it this morning in Pennsylvania and this afternoon in West Virginia, speeches of which I saw parts on television. The French wire AFP reports this, noting "Bush backers still fume that Paris led opposition to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq."

On this matter, Kerry spokesperson David Wade told the French Friday:
"Anytime the Republicans are basing their attack on a half sentence taken out of context it means that even they know they are not telling the whole truth," said Wade.

"It's evidence of how much their candidate is flailing and how much they want to try to distract from that. It's nonsense," he told AFP.
The President had attacked Kerry's debate assertion that he would use preemption only if it first passed a "global test."

Kerry's complete statement was:
"But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."
If I have to nuance that for him, he could have said that you had to be able to convince Americans that you had sold the mission to the world. That strains even Kerry's convolution.

When addressing the matter of the sanctions in Iran, Kerry proclaimed: "In order for the sanctions to be effective, we should have been working with the British, French and Germans and other countries."

Kerry's "global test," then, includes France. And the French know it.



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