"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

John Kerry, Meet John Kerry

William Kristol has uncovered a fascinating quote from John Kerry.

On November 16, 2001, Kerry was interviewed by John McLaughlin.

McLaughlin: "What do we have to worry about [in Afghanistan]?"

Kerry: "I have no doubt, I've never had any doubt--and I've said this publicly--about our ability to be successful in Afghanistan. We are and we will be. The larger issue, John, is what happens afterwards. How do we now turn attention ultimately to Saddam Hussein? How do we deal with the larger Muslim world? What is our foreign policy going to be to drain the swamp of terrorism on a global basis?"

As he has more positions than the Kama Sutra, one wonders: if Kerry later had answered his own questions, what would he have said?

Kerry: How do we now turn attention ultimately to Saddam Hussein?

Kerry: We don't. The sanctions are working. The UN Oil-for-Food program will ensure that the Iraqi people won't suffer. Military action in Iraq would be a distraction from the war on terror. There are no terrorists there. Osama bin Laden is our only enemy.

Kerry: How do we deal with the larger Muslim world?

Kerry: Don't try to reform it. They're not ready for democracy. The idea that free elections could be held in, say, Afghanistan is not realistic.

Kerry: What is our foreign policy going to be to drain the swamp of terrorism on a global basis?

Kerry: We should build alliances. Also, we could hold a summit. Any actions we take must meet a global test. Combating terrorism is a law-enforcement and intelligence-gathering operation. Military action would only be justified if the U.S. were attacked again.