Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Very Discouraging

If you're a John Kerry supporter, that is. Read this exchange from ABC's Good Morning America today and ask yourself how you would feel if you were pulling for the good Senator:

DIANE SAWYER: Was the war in Iraq worth it?

JOHN KERRY: We should not have gone to war knowing the information that
we know today.
DS: So it was not worth it.

JK: We should not — it depends on the outcome ultimately — and that
depends on the leadership. And we need better leadership to get the job done
successfully, but I would not have gone to war knowing that there was no
imminent threat — there were no weapons of mass destruction — there was no
connection of Al Qaeda — to Saddam Hussein! The president misled the American
people — plain and simple. Bottom line.

DS: So if it turns out okay, it was worth it?

JK: No.

DS: But right now it wasn’t [ … ? … ]–

JK: It was a mistake to do what he did, but we have to succeed now that
we’ve done what he’s — I mean look — we have to succeed. But was it worth — as
you asked the question — $200 billion and taking the focus off of Osama bin
Laden and Al Qaeda? That’s the question. The test of the presidency was whether
or not you should have gone to war to get rid of him. I think, had the
inspectors continued, had we done other things — there were plenty of ways to
keep the pressure on Saddam Hussein.

DS: But no way to get rid of him.

JK: Oh, sure there were. Oh, yes there were. Absolutely.

DS: So you’re saying that today, even if Saddam Hussein were in power
today it would be a better thing — you would prefer that . . .

JK: No, I would not prefer that. And Diane — don’t twist here.

Two things stand out: (1) Kerry's meandering, almost unintelligible answers, and (2) the way in which he loses his cool when Diane Sawyer presses him for a clear answer. It does appear that the man just can't do any better.


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