Kerry did what he did. Publicizing the consequences of Kerry's actions, even for partisan reasons, is exactly in the public interest. Before they vote, people have a right to see Kerry's indelible mark on the lives of Americans and consider it before voting.
That the Democrats nominated a person whom they should not have selected is ultimately the fault of the party apparatus. As I've said since last winter, Kerry is unfit to be the Presidential nominee of a major party. That is an objective judgment, and I have also said that I wished the Democrats could have selected someone more qualified to seek and serve.
Running this piece, which could only arguably be partially true, is a much more egregious violation of the public trust for partisan reasons than is the airing of a video documenting the damage done to real Americans by Kerry's false and self-serving testimony.
Oddly, in reading the AFP report, I failed to detect mention of a couple of relevent items:
"As a consequence, living standards are much lower in Europe than most Americans imagine. This fact is highlighted in a new study by the Swedish think tank Timbro. For example, it notes that the average poor family here (in the U.S.) has 25 percent more living space than the average European. Looking at all American households, we have about twice as much space: 1,875 square feet here versus 976.5 square feet in Europe. On average, Europeans only live about as well as those in the poorest American state, Mississippi."
"A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. with real gross domestic product per person in 2003 of $34,960 (in 1999 dollars). This is well above every European country. The most productive European country, Norway, has a per capita GDP of just $30,882 (converted using purchasing power parity exchange rates). The major countries of Europe are even further behind: United Kingdom ($26,039), France ($25,578), Italy ($24,894), and Germany ($24,813)."
Undoubtedly, these omissions were due to the pressure of editorial deadlines; however, I feel confident the Casey and allied foundations will soon be demanding Kerry adopt a "War On European Poverty Plan" to compliment his other spending priorities.