Sunday, September 16, 2007

Memo to Dems: Hide Kerry in a closet

Senators McCain and Kerry appeared head-to-head today on Meet the Press to discuss the Iraq war and the Petraeus-Crocker testimony.

What planet is John Kerry living on? He wants fewer troops there, but not a total pullout, and also not the number we had before the surge. He would like enough troops to train Iraqi security forces and to fight AQ, but he gave no indication how many troops that might be.

Aside from being completely ambivalent and/or contradictory about what it is that Kerry wants, he had the misfortune of debating the single most credible and knowledgeable Republican Senator on this issue, John McCain. McCain was, of course, for the war from the start, critical of the Bush/Rummy management from the start, and as a constructive critic he eagerly welcomed the Petraeus "surge" campaign which shows some tentative signs of progress. From a pro-war stance, it doesn't get any better than that.

Kerry on the other hand has been all over the place, which is representative of the Democratic coalition. Some want out yesterday, some want out within a year (or some other arbitrary time frame), and some want Kerry's indeterminate number of troops necessary to do things that we've only recently had any success doing under the Petraeus plan.

McCain bested Kerry hands down. And when Kerry felt threatened he went back to the old chestnuts of Bush "misleading" us with "false pretenses", and the fairy tale of how AQ was not in Iraq beforehand - which has the twin virtues of being both factually wrong (-1-, -2-, -3-) and strategically irrelevant.

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