The "Cerebral" Candidate
Kerry, supposedly the more intelligent of the two Yale graduates who are competing for the presidency, seems to have made quite a few gaffs last night that, had they been made by Bush would have been heralded either as lies, or evidence of his stupidity.
And tell me, did you see mention of any of these in major media today?
|What Kerry Said||The Truth|
|Unfortunately, [Osama Bin Laden] escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora. We had him surrounded. But we didn't use American forces, the best trained in the world, to go kill him. The president relied on Afghan warlords and he outsourced that job too.||At no point has the pursuit of OBL been placed in the hands of "Afghan Warlords." The area that might contain him in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan is still being searched aggressively by US, British, and Pakistani Special Forces units.|
|The president made the judgment to divert forces from under General Tommy Franks from Afghanistan before the Congress even approved it to begin to prepare to go to war in Iraq.||General Tommy Franks was on TV last night, pointing out that this was in fact not true. Troop levels increased in Afghanistan while we entered Iraq.|
|The president hasn't put one nickel, not one nickel into the effort to fix some of our tunnels and bridges and most exposed subway systems. That's why they had to close down the subway in New York when the Republican Convention was there.||The subway in New York never closed. I was there, and Penn Station, directly below the Convention, had subways running through it for the duration of the convention.|
|Secretary of State Colin Powell told this president the Pottery Barn rule: If you break it, you fix it.||Actually, the "Pottery Barn rule," as Colin Powell explains it is "You break it, you bought it." (I recognize this one's a little silly, but it goes to Kerry's failure to care about getting things right, so long as they sound good.)|
|I mean, we can remember when President Kennedy in the Cuban Missile Crisis sent his secretary of state to Paris to meet with DeGaulle.||Kennedy's SOS was Dean Rusk. Dean Rusk did not meet with DeGaulle, Dean Acheson, who was a former secretary of state did.|
|I want bilateral talks which put all of the issues, from the armistice of 1952, the economic issues, the human rights issues, the artillery disposal issues, the DMZ issues and the nuclear issues on the table.||The Korean War Amistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953, not 1952.|
|And I was probably one of the first senators, along with Senator Bob Smith of New Hampshire, a former senator, go down into the KGB underneath Treblinka Square and see reams of files with names in them.||Treblinka was a Nazi concentration camp during World War II where countless Jews were slaughtered. The KGB was on Lubyankaya Square.|
I'm watching the debate again, with the transcript in front of me, as I write this, so if I catch any more, I will add them. If you should come across any, please email me and I will include them.