Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Kerry's Monday morning political opportunism

We're all familiar with what Kerry is saying about Iraq now:
Sen. John Kerry took a strong stand yesterday against President Bush's decision to invade Iraq, calling it a mistake and a "profound diversion" from the war on terror.
[The Washington Times, Sept. 21, 2004]

But we also have to be smart, Jim. And smart means not diverting your attention from the real war on terror in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden and taking if off to Iraq...

Saddam Hussein didn't attack us. Osama bin Laden attacked us. Al Qaida attacked us.
[Kerry in the Sept. 30, 2004 debate against Bush]

What folks may not realize is what Kerry was saying back in October 2001 ( dug up by Kaus and relayed via Insta-Megan) :
I have no doubt, I've never had any doubt -- and I've said this publicly -- about our ability to be successful in Afghanistan. We are and we will be. The larger issue, John, is what happens afterwards. How do we now turn attention ultimately to Saddam Hussein? How do we deal with the larger Muslim world? What is our foreign policy going to be to drain the swamp of terrorism on a global basis?
[John McLaughlin's One on One, 11/16/01]

How can Kerry's current statements be anything except the worst combination of Monday morning quarterbacking and political opportunism?