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Saturday, January 24, 2004


Sounds Like Someone Just Made Our Mistake

posted by Dana at Saturday, January 24, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Our mistake, to hear the pundits tell it, was to go negative, specifically on Dick Gephardt in Iowa.

As a result, caucus-goers went for more "positive" candidates, Kerry and Edwards.

This sounds pretty negative to me.

"That's the first time I have heard a general be so dismissive of lieutenants, who bleed a lot in wars."

That's John Kerry (who served as a lieutenant in Vietnam) on Wesley Clark (who rose to the rank of general, but was still a captain in Vietnam). Kerry continued:

"[Vietnam] is young people dying for the wrong reasons, because leaders don't do the things that they should to protect them. Yes I do [see a parallel with Iraq]. This president breached faith with the lesson...we learned in Vietnam. You truly should go to war as a matter of last resort. This president rushed to war without a plan to win the peace."

Sounds like someone losing their temper to me. Does it sound like that to you?

It also makes you wonder about the judgement of a more mature John Kerry, who voted in 2002 for the Iraq version of a Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, doesn't it? It further makes you ask again who opposed the war from the start. (The answer to that you know...Dr. Howard Dean.)

All this Sunday on "60 Minutes." And two days for all that to sink in before New Hampshire votes.


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