DATE: 8/03/2004 11:14:00 AM
Kerry's Speech - I didn't get a chance to watch Kerry's speech on Thursday evening, as I was in New Hampshire watching Steven Curtis Chapman in concert - I think I picked the right place to be. I have since read the speech, and am unimpressed. Kerry did nothing to bolster his national-security credentials, other than tell war stories. He sounded more like a guy at the local VFW hall reminiscing with his buddies than a presidential candidate. His plans are vague, to say the least:
We know what we have to do in Iraq. We need a President who has the credibility to bring our allies to our side and share the burden, reduce the cost to American taxpayers, and reduce the risk to American soldiers. That's the right way to get the job done and bring our troops home. Here is the reality: that won't happen until we have a president who restores America's respect and leadership - so we don't have to go it alone in the world. And we need to rebuild our alliances, so we can get the terrorists before they get us.My question is simple: how? With the vaunted Kerry charm? Kerry is blaming President Bush for alienating our allies, but has no real plan to bring those allies of which he speaks (France and Germany) on board with the war on terrorism. His campaign promises here are not based on anything other than hope, conjecture and a massive ego. Kerry seems to believe that his mere presence will somehow convince people of the rightness of our cause.
Don't be fooled. France and Germany don't want to be part of the war on terror, becasue they were benefitting from the status quo. They are no longer allies, to be quite frank about it. It's one thing for allies to disagree about the correct course of action in dealing with a threat. It's another thing for them to actively work against our national security interests to protect their economic ones. Simply put - Kerry's speech insulted the allies that are with us, in the hopes of impressing those who have made themselves our opponents.
Not a great start for the guy who's claiming to be more diplomatic than the current administration.