The Kerry biography: He's risen without trace

Discussion in 'Politics' started by wonderwench, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. wonderwench

    wonderwench Guest

    Mark Steyn's excellent piece on the nothingness of Kerry's political career.

    The thought of Kerry being in charge of our foreign policy is frightening.

    For Howard Dean's Iowa concession speech, the decibel level was off the meter but the content was unexceptional -- a list of states of the union, in no particular order, but still reasonably accurate. For his New Hampshire concession speech, the decibel level was much reduced but the content was a lot wackier. As Gov. Dean told his dwindling army of groupies:

    ''The biggest loss that we've suffered in this country since George Bush has been president is our loss of our sense of community.''

    Really? The loss of ''our sense of community'' is a bigger loss than, say, the loss of 3,000 civilians?

    Howard Dean was speaking from a script, and after the previous week's debacle, you can bet his remarks were examined beforehand by his various campaign gurus. And apparently not one of them thought that this was an odd formulation, and that in itself is sadly revealing. In the Democratic consciousness, Sept. 11 has shriveled away, dwarfed by the greater evil of George W. Bush and his assault on ''our sense of community.''

    Well, Dean's done: Like his fellow Vermonters Ben and Jerry, he couldn't manage the transition from a niche boutique specialty to a mass brand. He's been whipped by John Kerry. But just because the Massachusetts senator is a mediocre establishment weathervane pol whose rhetorical style is a model of sonorous monotony doesn't mean his statements aren't just as goofy as Dean's. When I caught him on the stump in New Hampshire, he was still using his line about how, instead of building a ''legitimate coalition,'' Bush ''built a fraudulent coalition.''

    ''Fraudulent''? Kerry makes much of his rapport with veterans, but I'd love to see him tell the brave British, Australian and Polish troops who helped liberate the Iraqi people that their participation was ''fraudulent,'' just as I'd love to see Maureen Dowd, who dismisses the coalition as ''a gaggle of poodles and lackeys,'' tell Britain's Desert Rats or the big beefy Fijians escorting Iraqi currency exchange convoys that they're ''poodles.'' Indeed, I'd gladly fly Kerry and Dowd first-class to Iraq and put them up in the best hotel in Basra (separate rooms, I hasten to add) just for the privilege. The reaction of these allies might even startle Kerry's features from their present allegedly Botoxicated immobility.

    But just to make it simple: The G-7 comprises the world's major industrial democracies. Aside from America, there are six other countries. Three -- the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan -- have troops in Iraq. Three -- France, Germany and Canada -- do not. So a majority of G-7 nations are members of this ''fraudulent coalition.'' Eleven of the 19 NATO members have contributed troops to the ''fraudulent coalition.'' Thirteen of the 25 members of the newly enlarged European Union have forces serving in the ''fraudulent coalition.''

    So, when John Kerry pledges to rebuild America's international relationships, what he means is that he disagrees with the majority of G-7 governments, NATO governments, European governments and key regional players in Asia and the Pacific, as well as the people of Iraq.

    On the other hand, Kerry's position has the support of a majority of the Arab League.

    So the question all self-respecting multilateralists need to ask themselves this November is whether America can afford the immense damage that would be done to its key international relationships by electing an arrogant Massachusetts cowboy with a reckless tendency to shoot from the lip. It's all too easy to picture the Ketchup Kid swaggering into a G-7 summit, his nimble fingers reaching for his E-Z-Squeeze bottles and squirting the red stuff over the British, Italian and Japanese delegations while Jacques Chirac shouts ''Bravo!''

    President Bush tried gently in his State of the Union speech to draw attention to the contribution of America's allies. Perhaps, like Dean listing states, he would have been better to shriek them out: ''AND WE'VE GOT TROOPS FROM UKRAINE!! AND WE'VE GOT TROOPS FROM HONDURAS!!! AND WE'VE GOT TROOPS FROM THAILAND!!!! EEEAAAAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!'' But it's doubtful whether even that would penetrate the psychological isolationism of the Democratic candidates. They're the ones who are disengaged from the world, not Bush.

    In that sense, Kerry is the perfect embodiment of the nullity of the modern Democratic Party. It was once said of the British TV host David Frost that he'd ''risen without trace.'' That's John Kerry, a man who's risen without trace, from lieutenant governor to senator and maybe to president, with no accomplishment to show for it other than his own advance in status. Kerry the soldier was a brave man in Vietnam. But Kerry the politician uses his military record as cover for his public service record, which boils down to a quarter-century of finger-in-the-windiness passed off as bold and courageous. How typical the senator is of Vietnam veterans I leave for others to judge. But he's an all too apt embodiment of the Vietnam era: of the fatal lack of resolution that damaged America's standing in the world and emboldened its enemies. And, if Kerry genuinely believes that Tony Blair is ''fraudulent,'' it helps explain a lot of what's wrong with the modern Democratic Party, which would be in much better shape if it was headed by a Blair rather than a Kerry.

    No doubt the senator would say that's not what he means. No doubt he has some convoluted answer to explain that when he sneers that Blair and Australia's John Howard are ''fraudulent'' allies it is in fact a sign of his great respect for them. That seems to be his standard explanation -- that all his big votes mean the exact opposite of what they appear to. His vote against the first Gulf War was, he says, a sign of his support for the first Gulf War. Whereas his vote in favor of the Iraq war was a sign of his opposition to the Iraq war. And his vote against funding America's troops in Iraq is a sign of his support for America's men and women in uniform.

    On the same principle, I think the best way voters this November can demonstrate their support for Kerry is by voting against him. Just a suggestion.
  2. bamthin

    bamthin Guest

    Interesting article WW, but a bit thick on the rhetoric and deception. Kind of par for the course for the farrrr right wing loonies though.

    Why do neocon hacks have to always bring up 9/11 as the answer for everything? It's the Dems that should be pulling that card seeing as much as money and US lives that Bush has wasted on a guy in Iraq who had nothing to do with 9/11. Did Bush and the neocons, and the right wing nuts even care about 9/11? By supporting the weakening of forces in Afghanistan by diverting them to Iraq I really wonder.

    As far as the "fraudulent coalition", Kerry is right on that. How many massive protests from the citizens of those faithful countries did we see? How many loans, grants, or promises of favors did Bush dole out to get countries listed in the coalition? How many nations wanted to remain anonymously as part of the coalition?

    Bush and Powell had to lobby those countries to support the Iraq invasion. And do you even realize how many more American troops are in Iraq vs. all the rest of the coalition? Did you even know how woefully short the rest of the world came up when Bush begged them for more financial support for Iraq?

    The governments who joined with Bush sold out their constituencies. That's not right.

  3. nbdysfu

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