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This cuts to exactly my problem with Kerry, re: foreign policy. He is risk averse in a way that leads him inevitably towards inaction. In every major conflict in recent memory, he has advocated less proactive action, rather than more.
He will be, I'm afraid, completely unwilling to take controversial steps to proactively defend the US in our foreign policy, and too cautious to react strongly enough.
His is a foreign policy marked by caution. Caution is a good thing, but Kerry has far too much of this good thing.
Posted by: Jon Henke at August 10, 2004 12:22 PM
Jon, you have hit on the key word that describes what America must NOT have in a President -- an aversion to action. Leadership of this country and the defense of freedom around the world cannot be entrusted to someone who is unwilling to act. Indeed, neither is leadership of our military, leadership of our corporations, leadership of our schools, or leadership of our local Little Leagues. No one in any of those fields will ever succeed by reacting to challenges. Yet Kerry seems to believe that is sufficient for a President.
Posted by: Les at August 10, 2004 01:39 PM
I am shocked that this appeared in the main stream media.
Posted by: Greg at August 10, 2004 02:01 PM
Kerry was and remains a prime progenitor of the Vietnam Syndrome:
the belief that Pentagon spending is basically bad / that arms races are distabilizing;
that it doesn't matter if regions become dominated by tyrannical regimes; ideologically opposed to liberty;
that we should never enter a confict if we don't have "an exit strategy" (the so-called Powell Doctrine that kept Clinton from saving 250,000 Bosnians, and kept him from committing MORE troops to Somalia; YEAH: Powell was always part of the problem!)
The Vietnam Syndrome PARALYZED USA foreign policy from 1975-1980 - when Reagan began dismantling it --- to the shrieks of ther Left - (who still deny Reagan's military build up and use of force and threatened force had ANYTHING to do with the collapse of the USSR!) - especially when the Pershings were deployed in Western Europe - THOSE PROTESTS DWARF ANYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED RECENTLY TO GWB!
The PARALYZING VIETNAM SYNDROME led directly to the fall of the Shah, the fall of Afghanistan, the fall of Central America, the ascension of Saddam.
AGAIN: only the ascent of Reaganism reversed those horrendous defeats. Indeed: we are still paying the price for the failed policies rooted in the Vietnam Syndrome - THAT KERRY HAD SO MUCH TO DO WITH CREATING!
And what was Kerry's PRIMARY reason for fomenting the DISASTEROUS VIETNAM SYNDROME!?
His Cambodia Foray - which has now been proven to be A TOTAL FABRIOCATION!
Any president infected with the Vietnam Syndrome would be a DISASTER for the USA, the GWOT, and the cause of Human Rights around the world.
Kerry is not merely infected: he's the prianry ditributor!
Fear and cognitive dissonance have led to a resurgence of the Vietnam Syndrome,
and the LEFT-WING MSM - which has yet to admit that Reagan was right and Kerry wrong - is the priamry tool for the Left.
It's a powerful tool.
The Vietnam Syndrome will not be eradicated from the body politic until the MSM is freed from the clutches of this syndrome.
Perhaps Kerry's defeat - or better yet: his withdrawal from the race - will force the Left-wing MSM to re-examine their false beliefs and accept te facts:
the Vietnam Syndrome is bad and wrong.
Posted by: dan at August 10, 2004 02:41 PM
Posted by: Crank at August 10, 2004 03:06 PM
Does anyone remember the name of the last loser of a President who was also a Navy veteran and was to paralyzed to take action?
Jimmy (hovels for parasites) Carter!
Posted by: russ at August 10, 2004 03:30 PM