Thursday, April 03, 2003

Some people still do not get it...

Kerry says US needs its own 'regime change'

By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff, 4/3/2003

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. - Senator John F. Kerry said yesterday that President Bush committed a ''breach of trust'' in the eyes of many United Nations members by going to war with Iraq, creating a diplomatic chasm that will not be bridged as long as Bush remains in office.

''What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'' Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library.

Despite pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops fought within 25 miles of Baghdad.

By echoing the ''regime change'' line popular with hundreds of thousands of antiwar protesters who have demonstrated across the nation in recent weeks, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential contender seemed to be reaching out to a newly invigorated constituency as rival Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont and a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq, closes in on Kerry in opinion polls.

Kerry said that he had spoken with foreign diplomats and several world leaders as recently as Monday while fund-raising in New York and that they told him they felt betrayed when Bush resorted to war in Iraq before they believed diplomacy had run its course....

Senator Kerry is one of those people that just do not get it. Regardless of his consultation with foreign diplomats, what has been done by President Bush is both necessary and legitimate. On one hand, we're told the U.S. must abide by the decisions of the United Nations; fine. On the other hand, we're told that we are wrong for following those same decisions... so which is it?

While it has been stated in many other fine journals already, I'll recap it here for you: in 1991 the UN authorized the request of the U.S. to repel Iraq's invasion army and drive them back across their border, out of Kuwait. We sought and obtained international support; fine. The effort was successful, in that we did just what the UN authorized, and drove Iraq out. Under the terms of the cease fire, the US agreed to halt hostilities if Iraq agreed to disarm; the UN agreed to mediate the disarming.

Since then, Iraq has been in constant, blatant viloation of the cease fire. What we have today is not a new Gulf War, not GULF WAR II, but rather a violation of a cease fire agreement and return to the previously authorized hostility -- it is still the 1991 Gulf War.

So here we are, the US, continuing to do the bidding of the UN, but many nations are reluctant to hold Iraq's feet to the UN fire for political reasons (as in the revelation that some of these same nations may have violated the UN's resolution about restricted trade with Iraq .. paging France, Germany, and Russia!!)

Now then, Sen. Kerry is calling for a 'regime change' here in the US. Besides using highly flamable wording, he contradicts his own pledge to cool criticism of the Bush war policy, he shows how ignorant he is of all the polls showing wide, bi-partisan support the President enjoys, and more importantly, he is completely ignorant he is of the 17 UN resolutions, including the one that calls for severe penalties for failing to disarm.

I think it is past time for politicians to say they support the troops; that's like saying 'I support the Constitution', an admirable statement, but hardly a surprise; who isn't supporting the troops? No, I think it's time for all politicians to say they support President Bush and his liberation of Iraq; that's not a tacit endorsement of his entire administration, just of the war. The president has taken a stand; how about the rest of the elected officials?

Well, come to think of it, Sen. Kerry already has...

Sphere: Related Content
DiggIt!Add to del.icio.usAdd to Technorati FavesFacebook