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Wednesday, August 11, 2004


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Karen van Hoek

I see you have the complete script of the "Flipper" video-hoax. We debunk it, clip by clip, at www.kerryoniraqwar.com/video/index.html In many cases, the GOP cut the clips in order to imply that Kerry meant the exact opposite of what he actually meant. Kerry has had one consistent position: Saddam Hussein was a serious threat, and we needed to get tough with him, but not by rushing to war. The GOP Flipper video tries to pull the wool over people's eyes by giving you only parts of Kerry's statements, implying that he was at one time gung-ho on going to war, when the full statements show him warning *against* rushing to war. Then they show you his criticisms of the rush to war and say those came from out of nowhere, when in fact he'd been saying the same thing all along. Check it out and see for yourself. The GOP must be very nervous that people will see something they like in Kerry's approach to solving problems, if they're working this hard to confuse people about what Kerry actually said.


Thanks for clearing that up. Maybe. (hey, where's the Advil .... )

btw, have you see the GOP 11-minute 'flipper' Kerry on Iraq movie? makes it pretty clear that Kerry is clear as mud.

He wants to have it both ways. He cant. That's not leadership, but the opposite of it.



1998: "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

2002 "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

2003 "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. “[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real."
Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

kevin holtsberry

Devastating. Kerry's vague conclusion after all of that is: I would have handled it a little differently and it would have been better. The only consistent thing about it is his triming to the wind. When push came to shove he simply failed to have the guts to be consistent and let the political chips fall.

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