Flash! Kerry says something sensible and responsible about the war
Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry, who has barely mentioned Iraq on the campaign trail this week, said on Monday he wanted to give President Bush “some space to get things done.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 18, 2004 05:49 PM | Send
“I’m trying not to talk about it in politics,” he told reporters…. “I wish the president would lead. He needs to lead, lives are at stake. He needs to be really bold.”
Kerry may simply have calculated that the Abu Ghraib scandal could backfire should he attempt to make use of it, and wants to give it time to blow over.
The abuses always seemed less like random perversions than tortures tailor-made for Arabs— women, dogs, nudity. Now Joe Sobran (admittedly biased on the subject) says in his Washington Watch column that these have been developed by Israeli intelligence officers through long experience with interrogating Arabs.
Whether Americans were taught through official channels or informally over beers at some local spy hangout , this is not a question Kerry would be eager to air when he needs a Jewish vote of Gore proportions to have any hope of winning.
James Carville never would have let Bill Clinton be that generous. Carville’s guiding principle was always, “When your enemy is drowning, throw the SOB an anvil.”
Can anyone imagine an alternate universe in which Candidate Bush gave President Gore “some space to get things done”?