“When it was popular to be a Massachusetts liberal, (John Kerry’s) voting record was that. When it was popular to be for the Iraq war, he was for it. Now it’s popular to be against it, and he’s against it.” – Jay Carson, a Dean campaign spokesman
“(F)irst, they voted to commit the troops, to send them to war, John Edwards and John Kerry, then they came back and when the question was whether or not you provide them with the resources they needed — body armor, spare parts, ammunition — they voted against it. I couldn’t figure out why that happened initially. And then I looked and figured out that what was happening was Howard Dean was making major progress in the Democratic primaries, running away with the primaries based on an anti-war record. So they, in effect, decided they would cast an anti-war vote and they voted against the troops. Now if they couldn’t stand up to the pressures that Howard Dean represented, how can we expect them to stand up to Al Qaida?” – Dick Cheney
John Kerry’s waffling on the war on terrorism is almost entirely based on politics. Quite frankly, that should scare the living hell out of anybody who cares about the safety and security of the American people. In an age when a failure in the war on terrorism may literally lead to nuclear bombs going off in American cities, can we afford to have a man in office whose first consideration is politics, not protecting our country?
If John Kerry had been in office after 9/11, would he have had the guts to pass the Patriot Act over the objections of his base? Would he have allowed John Ashcroft to go after illegal aliens from terrorist sponsoring countries? Vladimir Putin said that,
“I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received…information that official organs of Saddam’s regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the United States and beyond its borders, at U.S. military and civilian locations.”
If Kerry had been President, if he had been the one to receive Putin’s warning, would he have been willing to take action or would he have risked another 9/11 rather than make his base angry and fail the “global test”? If John Kerry had been our President instead of George Bush over these last four years, is it not entirely possible that we might have been hit again and again by terrorists while John Kerry made decisions that left us vulnerable to attack simply because he thought they were political winners?
You’re not supposed to point this sort of thing out, even though it’s obvious, because it upsets Democrats. But, everybody — even his own supporters — knows that John Kerry is letting politics dictate his position on Iraq and the rest of the war on terrorism. If John Kerry came to the conclusion that being pro-war in Iraq gave him a better chance of being elected, his position would change, just like that — and it has many times. That’s why John Kerry has earned his well deserved reputation as a flip-flopper. Whichever way the polls move, his position soon follows.
Then there’s George Bush who has shown time and time again that he’s willing to do what he thinks is right in order to stop another 9/11 from happening, whether it’s popular or not. That’s quite a shift from John Kerry who has shown time and time again that he’s willing to radically change where he stands on national security to reflect what he thinks is the popular opinion of the moment.
Now think back to great American war leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. Were they dovish flip-floppers who based their decisions around telling people what they wanted to hear or men who made decisions and tried to lead people towards what they believed was the right direction?
In perilous times, you need a man in the White House who has the guts to hang in there and do the right thing, not a politician who makes life or death decisions based on nothing more than which way the political winds are blowing. That’s why John Kerry would be the wrong man for the job of Commander and Chief.