Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Kerry Changes Mind Again

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) now says that his vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq was a mistake. Kerry was the Democrats' candidate for President in 2004. During the campaign, he famously said, "I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it."

In 1991, Kerry voted against sending troops to liberate Kuwait from Saddam's Iraq after Saddam attacked Kuwait without provocation. Iraq appeared poised to invade eastern Saudi Arabia. If successful, Saddam would control 25% of the world's oil. Even the U.N. authorized the use of force to liberate Kuwait. However, the liberals could only think of Vietnam. The U.S.-led effort succeeded, and the short Gulf War was remarkably one-sided. Democrats came away looking weak on national security issues.

By 2002, the political landscape had shifted. In the wake of 9/11, the successful invasion of Afghanistan, and Iraq's continued refusal to allow WMD inspections by the U.N., Pres. Bush asked the Senate to authorize the use of force to invade Iraq if Iraq did not cooperate fully with the U.N.'s WMD inspectors. Kerry, wanting to run for President in 2004 and not wanting to look weak on the use of force backed by a majority of Americans, voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq.

After the Iraq invasion, Pres. Bush asked Congress to fund the troops and equipment in Iraq. The Democratic presidential primaries were close, and most Democrat voters opposed the war in Iraq. Kerry voted against the funding, which totaled $87 billion.

During the campaign, Kerry famously explained, "I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it." His remark cemented his reputation as a flip-flopper.

Now, Kerry changes his mind again. Kerry opposed the use of force in 1991, favored the use of force in 2002, opposed funding our military in Iraq, tried to claim he favored the funding, and now says his 2002 vote was a mistake. Consistency will never be Kerry's strong suit. He well deserves his reputation as a flip-flopper.

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