A FLIP OR A FLOP
Via Instapundit: GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (Reuters) - "Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said on Monday he would have voted for the congressional resolution authorizing force against Iraq even if he had known then no weapons of mass destruction would be found.
Taking up a challenge from President Bush, whom he will face in the Nov. 2 election, the Massachusetts senator said: "I'll answer it directly. Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it is the right authority for a president to have but I would have used that authority effectively."
What a terrible spot Kerry has gotten himself into. He has to find a way to appear consistent and strong on the war after having veered hard left to pander to the anti-war majority in the Democratic party to win in the primaries. I can't wait to witness the debates when he whips out this pretzel logic.
This appears to be Kerry's position - he believed that the president should have been given the authority to go to war, but he also believes that the country was misled about the reasons. Even though he was misled, he still believes that there were sufficient reasons for giving the Congressional green light for war. His main beef with Bush is that he couldn't get the French, Germans, Russians and Chinese to go along with the plan. Oh, and he didn't have a plan to "win the peace" (whatever the hell that means). About all one can glean from his incoherent public statements on the matter is that a larger and more internationalized force would have done the job better. Why he believes that, evidence to the contrary (one would have to pass this world to ask Sergio de Mello what he thinks), the Baathists and Islamists would have been less power hungry had the occupation force included more UN troops in lieu of Brits, Aussies, Italians, Spanish and Poles is beyond me.
Despite his now claimed support of the war after months of hammering the Bush lied theme on the stump, he was not above playing a little politics with funding for the reconstruction efforts - voting both for and against the supplemental bill in a failed effort to get Bush to raise taxes during the initial phase of an economic recovery.
Karl Rove's job just gets easier every time Kerry opens his mouth. But as I've mentioned before the poor bastard has little choice - if he said what he really believed (if he can still remember what that is) he'd lose the election by double digits.
MORE EVIDENCE OF FRENCH SOPHISTICATION
Jerusalem Post via Allah is in the House:
"While on a tour of the museum at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Sunday, a group of around 50 Jewish university students from Israel, the U.S. and Poland were verbally attacked by a three-member gang of French male tourists.
Evidently incited by the presence of an Israeli flag wrapped around the shoulders of Tamar Schuri, an Israeli student from Ben Gurion University, the first assailant ran at the group while its members were being guided through a model gas chamber and crematoria and began swearing and hurling anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli insults.
It's easy to see why John Kerry thinks we should hand over control of our foreign policy to the morally superior froggies, isn't it