Monday, September 13, 2004

If this doesn't prove it, I don't know what will
Robert Kagan and Bill Kristol are Taking Flip-Flops Seriously in a piece at the Weekly Standard. They have a nice round-up of Kerry's most notable and most important reversals, with dates, followed by a wonderful explication of why they are so important: "we single out these particular reversals because they are too important to be merely funny or to be chalked up simply to an inability of the Kerry campaign to "hone" its "message." Nor is the real problem simply Kerry's inability to make up his mind. Rather it is that on fundamental matters of war and peace, and on the major strategic and tactical questions that follow from them--such as how many troops to send and how much money to commit to a conflict--John Kerry will not or cannot hold to a position under pressure."

I've decided to repeat a few of the more key quotations here, but still implore you to read the whole piece:

I said at the time I would have preferred if we had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein. And when the president made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him.
May 3, 2003
Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president.
December 16, 2003
Iraq was "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time."
September 6, 2004

We should not send more American troops. That would be the worst thing.
September 4, 2003
If it requires more troops... that's what you have to do.
April 18, 2004
I will have a significant reduction in the level of troops.
August 1, 2004
Misters Kristol and Kagan go on to wonder: "If this is how John Kerry behaves during the campaign, how would he react to the real pressures of being president and commander in chief?"
Decide for yourselves, but read the whole article.

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