The Honorable Senator Kerry just can’t get it through his thick head that the election in Iraq today is not about him…and it’s certainly not about this “International Community” he keeps speaking of.
His interview with Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” is just case in point. The arrogance is strictly startling:
“MR. RUSSERT: Election day, Iraq. Condoleezza Rice, the new secretary of State, has just told the United States and the world, “It has gone better than expected.” What is your sense?
“SEN. KERRY: I think it’s gone as expected. I think it was a good report by Brian. I think it starkly lays out the challenges, Tim. Let me begin, if I can, by saying first of all I was just there a few weeks ago. I think our troops today deserve yet again a thanks and a word of praise from everybody. They are at extraordinary risk. They’re doing a remarkable job, and I want to give them that credit.
“Secondly, it is significant that there is a vote in Iraq. But no one in the United States or in the world– and I’m confident of what the world response will be. No one in the United States should try to overhype this election. This election is a sort of demarcation point, and what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation, and it’s going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in. Absent that, we will not be successful in Iraq.
“MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe this election will be seen by the world community as legitimate?
“SEN. KERRY: A kind of legitimacy–I mean, it’s hard to say that something is legitimate when a whole portion of the country can’t vote and doesn’t vote. I think this election was important. I was for the election taking place. You may recall that back in–well, there’s no reason you would–but back in Fulton, Missouri, during the campaign, I laid out four steps, and I said at the time, “This may be the president’s last chance to get it right.”
He wasn’t talking for 45 seconds before he was talking about his own election platform. And…”I’m confident what the world response will be.” I just don’t understand how anyone could possibly sit and listen to this guy. Even the liberal pundits are wondering what the political motives (their largest concern,of course) are for taking this sort of line. I’m simply at a loss.
Posted at 12:05 am by Logipundit