From Wednesday’s Washington Post:
Kerry’s belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, “If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no.”
Senator John Kerry thinks America is not worth dying for unless it’s in the cause of a United Nations sanctioned effort. That eliminates every war America has ever fought, save two. From The New Republic:
The Security Council has authorized only three wars in its history: the Korean War (while the Soviet Union was boycotting the Council), a 1960s intervention in Congo, and the first Gulf war. That there have been numerous wars since 1945 would suggest that the U.N. Charter has been violated repeatedly. But while one could argue that all those wars were technically illegal, most legal experts concede the legitimacy of customary, not just statutory, law–meaning widely accepted actual practices can, over time, become as legitimate as written rules.
Funny how he hasn’t passed this message on to our troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan or their relatives…