It’s pretty bad when news reports are so ludicrous that I file them under humor.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (KRT) – Sen. John Kerry set his jaw, and even sighed at one point, as he confronted anew the confusion over his stand on the Iraq war, a fog that has enveloped his candidacy for months.
“I have one position on Iraq,” Kerry insisted this week during a rare news conference. “One position.”
In fact, he’s right, his image as a “flip-flopper” notwithstanding.
Kerry voted in October 2002 for the congressional resolution that authorized President Bush to go to war in Iraq. He now says that the invasion was not justified and has made the United States less secure.
These positions are not contradictory, but his attempts to explain the distinction between them are often complicated, and they have given President Bush an opening to caricature Kerry as a flip-flopper. However, beneath the torrent of campaign verbiage, Kerry’s position on Iraq for the past two years has been consistent and defensible – just difficult to sell in a sound-bite world.
“Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture don’t have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president.” John Kerry – 12/20/03
“The satisfaction we take in (Saddam’s) downfall does not hide this fact: We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure.” John Kerry – 9/20/04
Folks, I can keep posting these quotes all day. The media is going nuts running different versions of this story. They all claim Kerry is consistent. They think you are ignorant enough to believe them.
The only problem with their story is John Kerry’s own words.