Friday, May 28, 2004
John Kerry is trying to outflank George Bush from the right on the war against terror:
"[Kerry] criticized Bush for failing to kill or capture Osama bin Laden during the battle of Tora Bora in Afghanistan, for taking a 'kid glove approach' to hunting down terrorist money and for coddling Saudi Arabia. 'To put it simply, we will not do business as usual with Saudi Arabia,' Kerry said. 'They must take concrete steps to stop their clerics from fueling the fires of Islamic extremism'."Whoa, Mr Kerry, go easy on that darn neo-con talk. Kerry also said this about the Bushies:
"They've looked to force before exhausting diplomacy, they bullied when they should have persuaded, they've gone it alone when they should have assembled a team."Kerry seems to be going backwards: last year it was a "fraudulent coalition", now it's the US going alone. Kerry had this to say about America's allies: "There was a time not so long ago when the might of our alliances was a driving force in the survival and the success of freedom... We extended a hand, not a fist." Sadly, by firstly calling them frauds and now making them disappear altogether, Kerry has neither extended a hand nor a fist to true allies like Great Britain, Australia and Poland - he extended his middle finger.