Kerry Kerry Quite Contrary

Kerry argued that Bush’s policy would dangerously reduce forces at a time when the nation is fighting the al-Qaida terrorist network in 60 countries across the globe. msnbc

Is it just me or didn’t Kerry say the war on terror was primarily a law enforcement operation and not a military one? How then does any force realignment affect the war on terror in Kerry’s mind? And more specifically how is bringing the troops home from a peaceful country ‘dangerous’?

Are our military forces fighting al-Qaida within Germany? Do they need to be based in Germany, as they have been for the last 50 years, to deploy into the Middle East? I think Kerry is just being contrary for the sake of the election here.

What is Kerry saying? He wants to bring home troops, “But it needs to be done at the right time and in a sensible way. This is not that time or that way.”

He [Bush] said the plan had been in the works for three years, and U.S. allies and Congress were consulted on it. cnn

Kerry has promised to, "replace most U.S. troops in Iraq with foreign forces within his first term," but our forces in Europe should stay there because the Europeans want us to continue protecting them at our expense?

Kerry told the veterans Bush's plan "sends the wrong signal to withdraw from Europe and the Far East now when we need to cultivate those allies" to help fight the war on terror.

"We need closer alliances in every part of the world. I will be a commander in chief who renews our alliances," the four-term senator from Massachusetts said. cnn

Again why would our allies want to go to Iraq when they are not fully responsible for their own protection? Or think of it this way, is Kerry actually saying that our allies will not be with us if we don't station US forces in their countries?

North Korea

..."Why are we withdrawing unilaterally 12,000 troops from the Korean Peninsula at the very time we are negotiating with North Korea - a country that really has nuclear weapons?" Kerry asked. msnbc

I thought this was odd when I heard it because on August 8th Kerry said this:

And my hope is, that with my diplomacy, we can be more effective with North Korea. We might be able to reduce the deployment in that part of the world, that’s been much too similar for 50 years now, and I hope that we can do a better job ultimately with Europe.

But I can’t tell you I’m going to start spreading pods around individually, at this point in time. I want my people in there, I want my diplomacy to begin to take hold, I want a better assessment of what the lay of the land is going to be with a new president. Stars and Stripes

It might seem as though Kerry is miffed that 'the timing' of the force realignment has preempted his own plans to do so. "...I want my people in there, I want my diplomacy to begin to take hold, I want a better assessment of what the lay of the land is going to be with a new president."

Isn't Kerry criticizing Bush for planning to do in North Korea what Kerry has said he will do in Iraq?

Pentagon officials also say plans to trim U.S. troops in South Korea would not give North Korea an advantage. Military officials have said that advances in U.S. military firepower and a stronger South Korean military mean there can be more military power in the south with fewer soldiers. msnbc

As an aside, and because this article mentioned it, Kerry was speaking to the same group Bush announced his plan to, the VFW, and the response was somewhat less enthusiastic to the Massachusets Senator 'who served in Vietnam'.

Kerry received a polite if not overwhelmingly positive reaction from the VFW. Large portions of the crowd applauded with each promise to protect veteran’s benefits and with many points he made about Iraq and terrorism. But there was a clear divide, with scores of veterans sittings with their arms folded while others clapped. One man heckled Kerry, calling him a liar, as VFW sergeants at arms admonished him.

“I’ll say it myself. He’s a liar,” said John Ranson of Fort Thomas, Ky., a 57-year-old Vietnam War veteran who sat a few feet away from the heckler. He said Kerry has not supported U.S. troops as senator or as a Vietnam veteran who protested the war. msnbc

Posted by Eric Simonson at August 18, 2004 4:11 PM