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Kerry needs a different strategy

Lisa KnobelSilverthorne

As a political junkie and Bush supporter, I eagerly watched the debates the other night. I didn’t expect anything clear or earth shattering. I didn’t expect Bush to perform like a professional and I didn’t expect Kerry to whimper like a baby under a vicious attack from Bush. It’s not their style.However, a few things stood out clearly. Our president cares deeply and sincerely about this country and our troops. I saw a man who has given his heart and soul to do the best he can for this country. Perhaps he feels badly that he couldn’t get the Iraq war perfect. But is there ever a perfect war? At times, it seemed he really wanted to open up and speak from his heart, but his handlers coached him not to and so he stumbled over some of his answers.What did I see from Kerry – polished inconsistency. On the Iraq war he wanted and still wants a “coalition,” including the U.N., working on the situation. So what are England, Poland, Australia, Italy and the U.N. – chopped liver? Yet, on the North Korean situation he wants us to negotiate alone. The UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency are best equipped to develop and execute plans to oversee Korea’s nuke program. Also, what better way to pressure a country to cooperate than to get all the neighboring countries to agree on a plan. Seems to me like the only positions Kerry can take are those that are opposite of his opponent. There are no basic principles at work, no overriding moral code: His strategy is to just follow the polls and say the opposite of whatever his opponent says. That’s not a strategy that wins the war on terror, contains nuclear proliferation or makes us a good neighbor to the rest of the world.I apologize to the Kerry fans, but I did find one consistency from Kerry. He said he would veto the missile defense program that is working through Congress, just as he has voted against every other piece of major defense equipment. How are we supposed to fight terror and nuclear proliferation – spitballs?


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