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September 12, 2004

TIME with Kerry

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

Kerry sat down with TIME magazine and had some really great stuff to say, a refinement of his campaign message.

I've been in worse situations in my life. The attacks don't attack me as much as they attack Americans and America. They're trying to distract people from the real issues that matter.

America is not as safe as we ought to be after 9/11. We can do a better job at homeland security. I can fight a more effective war on terror. The standard of living for the average American has gone down. People's incomes have dropped. Five million Americans have lost their health insurance. The deficit is the largest it's been in the history of this country. They're taking money from Social Security and transferring it to the wealthiest people in America to drive us into debt. They're shredding alliances around the world with people we have traditionally been able to rely on.

That's what bothers me.

It bothers me, too, John. So what you going to do about it?

Draw the contrast; be crystal clear about it. That's what I've been doing every day. George Bush has made the wrong choices for America. He's leading the country in the wrong direction. John Edwards and I have better choices. We have a health-care plan for all Americans. We're going to stop subsidizing jobs that go overseas and create jobs here in America. We're going to fund education and not leave millions of children behind every day. The trail of broken promises and reversed decisions of this Administration is unlike any I have ever seen at any time that I have been in public life, and I'm going to draw that picture as clear as a bell.

And that foreign policy stuff?

I believe very deeply that it takes a new President, a new credibility, a fresh start, to change the whole equation in Iraq. I will get countries involved in ways that the President doesn't have them involved today, and I will get our troops home.

How? Diplomats say that it is not in our allies' political interest...

George Bush has made it not in their interest today. There are all sorts of options with respect to Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds in the region that this Administration is not exploring. They have failed in their diplomacy utterly. In fact, they have made it easy for countries to say no, because of their arrogance, because of the way the President chose to go to war.

What's at stake?

All over the country we've got an enormous amount of energy, people are organizing, and I just think the choice is very clear. The Supreme Court of the United States is at stake. After-school programs are at stake. Health care is at stake. Social Security is at stake. Jobs are at stake.

The character of our country is at stake—whether we're going to have people who traffic in fear instead of real solutions.

Read the full article, it's one of the best interviews I've seen.

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at September 12, 2004 06:08 PM | TrackBack


You must be kidding.

This article does not mention a SINGLE positive step that John Kerry is going to take in protecting our country. "Getting other countries involved in Iraq" is not a winning game plan for defending our country. "Spending more money on social programs" is not a winning game plan for defending our country. "I'm not George W. Bush" is not a winning game plan for defending our country.

Why doesn't he outline a plan for how he is going to pre-emptively take a stand against terror and radical Muslim extremists? Because EVERY SINGLE POLL indicates that Americans believe that he has no idea how he would do that.

And that is why Americans still believe George Bush is the best man to protect this country. They KNOW what he is going to do because he has demonstrated his committment to not shift the burden of homeland security to the BS answer of "getting other countries involved in Iraq".

Get a new game plan Kerry.

Posted by: Chris Elam at September 12, 2004 06:25 PM

What is Bush's game plan? Please explain it in some detail. Because you may be the only one that can. Rumsfeld cannot even keep Saddam and Osama straight. That's how clued-in these people are. Even W. doesn't think we can win this war.

Is their plan business as usual? The usual 2.9 deaths/day? Then what? When does it end? What about the real war on terrorism and Afghanistan? He doesn't even mention that anymore not to mention the 'O' word. How is the country safer after 3 years of this administration's war in Iraq? This administration's game plan apparently is still to go ahead with elections early next year then keep 100k soldiers there for the next several decades. Wow. Some plan. Oh. And don't mention the upcoming "draft" that is going to be necessary to replenish the loss of troops through death, maiming and non-retention.

The current "plan" is not defending our country. It is the occupation of a foreign country that was not a threat to us.

Getting other countries involved, of course, is the key to winning the war in Iraq. We cannot keep going indefinitely with the "coalition of the willing". Who knows, maybe the "new" Iraqi government elected next year may ask the U.N. for peacekeepers. It would be the sane thing to do.

Posted by: javabuddha at September 12, 2004 07:47 PM

Yes, here's John Kerry's unequivocal, crystal-clear, stand on Iraq. =)

Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted Yea.)

In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President’s Action In Iraq. KERRY: “George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him.” (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)

Kerry Later Claimed He Voted “To Threaten” Use Of Force In Iraq. “I voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with the resolutions of the United Nations.” (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)

Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: “Do you think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are unhappy with this war, the way it’s been fought, along with General Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman, Edwards and Gephardt? Are you one of the anti-war candidates?” KERRY: “I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don’t believe the president took us to war as he should have, yes, absolutely.” (MSNBC’s “Hardball,” 1/6/04)

Posted by: Chris at September 12, 2004 09:37 PM

At first I thought this interview, like the GQ interview was a satire. Can anyone be so vacuous and empty headed as Kerry? The man is comatose. He has not an original or even interesting idea in his skull. The man has a personality disorder.

Posted by: Jim at September 13, 2004 12:36 AM

Am I seeing this? Are Bush supporters referring to Kerry as "vacuous and empty-headed"?
Bush opposed the 9/11 commission before supporting it.
He opposed the Homeland Security department before supporting it.
He's changed his mind on steel tariffs twice.
He's changed his mind on nation building.
He's changed his mind on gay marriage as a state issue.
And he claimed Iraq had WMDs, invaded the country, ignored advisors from the Pentagon who gave good advice on reconstruction, refined his position to "Iraq had the capability of developing WMD-related programs."
He refused to cooperate with the 9/11 commission, insisted that Cheney be by his side, refused to take the oath, and then refused to answer questions about why he would insist on these conditions.
He's made himself inaccessible to the press, holding far fewer press conferences than any president in the last 60 years during a time when the American people have legitimate questions.
His vice-president has attacked Kerry for voting down weapons bills - at the END of the Cold War - that he himself opposed because of their inflated costs.
He has close personal ties to the House of Saud, and has classified parts of the 9/11 report dealing with Saudia Arabia's role in 9/11.
If Clinton had done any of this, you'd be calling for his head.

Posted by: BarrettBrown at September 13, 2004 11:00 AM

Hey chris,
javabuddha asked you a question, "What's W's plan?"
Are you gonna answer it or are you gonna just fuck around spewing more bullshit? If you're a real man, you'll answer the question. Are you a real man, or are you just a scared little pussy?

Posted by: Dave at September 13, 2004 12:27 PM

lol... No, I'm perfectly content letting you think I'm not a real man. =) heh heh heh

Posted by: Chris at September 13, 2004 03:24 PM
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