Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Mark Steyn on John Kerry again, specifically his constant references to Vietnam. As always Kerry wants to have it both ways. This was a particularly good line:

The only relevant lesson from Vietnam is this: Then, as now, it was not possible for the enemy to achieve military victory over the US; their only hope was that America would, in effect, defeat itself. And few men can claim as large a role in the loss of national will that led to that defeat as John Kerry.

A brave man in Vietnam, he returned home to appear before Congress and not merely denounce the war but damn his "band of brothers" as a gang of rapists, torturers and murderers led by officers happy to license them to commit war crimes with impunity. He spent the Seventies playing Jane Fonda and he now wants to run as John Wayne.

He then closes the piece with this:

The question for anyone who thinks Kerry has "credibility" on national security is a simple one: who do you think Iran, North Korea, Syria, al-Qaida's Saudi paymasters and the rogue elements in Pakistan's ISI would prefer to see elected this November?

That's really what the 2004 election comes down to. They will see the defeat of Bush as a sign that we no longer are a country to fear.


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