Along the Tracks

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Kerry does the splits

Oooooooh! That’s gotta hurt!

John Kerry, married-money-multi-millionaire and Democratic presidential contender, is trying to unite his party by splitting himself. Kerry, who voted in favor of the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein, has decided to call for a “two-fer,” advocating “regime change” - his words - in the United States as well as Iraq. He also is charging President Bush with “breach of trust” in the United Nations - a not so sly allusion to the term “material breach,” which is diplo-speak for authorizing the use of force.

So, is Kerry actually calling for a coup? Will he put together a “coalition of the willing,” presumably France, Germany and Belgium, plus assorted others who were against “regime change” in Iraq but favor it in the U.S.? If he puts a resolution before the Security Council, and Great Britain threatens to veto, will his diplomacy have failed as well?

On the other side of the fence Kerry is straddling, how can the senator justify his vote which gave Bush the authority to decide when diplomacy was at an end. If Bush isn’t trustworthy, why did Kerry vote to trust him? If “regime change” in Iraq was so important to him that he was willing to ignore any minor differences with Bush’s implementation of the policy, why is he pointing to the war as a difference between he and Bush now?

Kerry is cynicism incarnate. A story circulating has it that the medals from Vietnam service Kerry cast over the White House fence in protest 30 years ago were not his own. I’ll bet they were also tied to 20-pound test fishing line and he reeled them back when no one was looking.

When events force politicians to “get off the fence” and choose sides, most pick just one. Kerry apparently believes this is unnecessary, jumping up and spreading his legs to put one foot out toward each side. His landing should be, er, interesting.

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