Kerry's "Global Test" and his Vacillation
Thursday night, JF Kerry explained: "But if and when you do it [pre-emptive strike], Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test…that passes the global test.”
Eric Lindholm (Viking Pundit) wrote: "It looks like the 'global test' will be the GOP’s talking point tomorrow."
PoliPundit wrote: "Kerry really goofed with the 'global test' comment. Republicans are going to run with this all weekend.”
Speaking of summitry and its ability to depose tyrants or make terrorists subject to the terms of justice, the President noted in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Friday morning: "I will never submit America's security to an international test."
But I think the Administration has to continue hitting Kerry on his vacillation this weekend. Example:
Lehrer: "Are Americans now dying in Iraq for a mistake?"Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time. General Omar Bradley spoke those words first, about Korea in 1951. JFK used it on the stump in 1960. Howard Dean used it last year, and JF Kerry reprised a few months ago. He said that the Iraq War was a mistake.
Kerry: "No, and they don't have to, providing we have the leadership that we put -- that I'm offering.
I believe that we have to win this. The president and I have always agreed on that. And from the beginning, I did vote to give the authority, because I thought Saddam Hussein was a threat, and I did accept that intelligence.
But I also laid out a very strict series of things we needed to do in order to proceed from a position of strength.
Friday, he said that by fighting in Iraq, our soldiers were not dying for a mistake (if he's elected).
Kerry's given them the ammo.
Bush, who held a lead in national polls going into the debate, also accused the Massachusetts senator of new contradictions on Iraq by first saying that "the president made a mistake in invading Iraq" but then saying Americans were not dying in Iraq for a mistake.Back to the "global test," the President said that he would not let foreign countries "like France" have a veto on matters regarding our security. Look for the Kerry camp to leap on that as further alienating our "natural allies."
"You can't have it both ways," Bush said. "You can't say it's a mistake and not a mistake. You can't be for getting rid of Saddam Hussein when things look good, and against it when times are hard."