Thursday, June 02, 2005


This Is What Kerry Should Have Been Doing Last Year At This Time

Dammit, John! If you'd done this last summer, you'd be President right now! (Then again, would the press have reported it?)

Kerry assails Bush on Iraq Policies on Social Security, health care also draw fire By STEVE URBON, Standard-Times senior correspondent NEW BEDFORD -- Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday called on Americans to be more aware of the "bait and switch" Iraq war and the "hollowing out" of the Army in the pursuit of a mistaken policy. [...] "The Holy Grail of the Republican Party is a tax cut, whether or not we need it," he said in a meeting with The Standard-Times editorial board.
And here's where he really digs in:
Sen. Kerry puzzled over the apparent lack of interest by Americans in the Iraq war and the near silence in the U.S. mass media about the so-called Downing Street Memo. That leaked secret document, the minutes of a 2003 cabinet meeting of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, says bluntly that Mr. Bush had decided to attack Iraq long before going to Congress with the matter, and that "intelligence was being fixed around the policy." It caused an uproar in Great Britain and badly hurt Mr. Blair in national elections but went almost unnoticed in the United States. "When I go back (to Washington) on Monday, I am going to raise the issue," he said of the memo, which has not been disputed by either the British or American governments. "I think it's a stunning, unbelievably simple and understandable statement of the truth and a profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home. And it's amazing to me the way it escaped major media discussion. It's not being missed on the Internet, I can tell you that."
Now, the reporter states that Kerry is "puzzled" over the public's apparent lack of interest in Iraq. But no quote from Kerry stating this was cited. I will, however, give the reporter full marks for reporting Kerry's other comments, namely concerning the odd reluctance of the US media to mention the Downing Street Memo as much as, say, they mention runaway brides.

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