Kerry is just not seriousSeptember 4 2004 at 12:05 PM
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Response to Kerry is not an anti-war candidate
You are right that he says one thing to one audience and something else to a more moderate audience. That is the definition of not being serious about the war. A serious candidate would have some conviction and stick to it.
Kerry"guarantees"? The problem is he needs to tell us exactly how in hell he will do that. His definition of more international involvement is France and Germany. Think about this, Rob. Under what possible circumstances could you imagine a US Brigade pulling out while at the same time a French Brigade pulls in? That is not in France's perceived self interest and it's not going to happen. Kerry is making a promise he cannot possible keep.
I reject your premise of the administration "itching" for another war. It may take force of arms to prevent the mullas from going nuclear, but if the past is an example it will not be a snap decision. Bush did seek and secure authority from Congress and took the case to the UN.
Jewish support for Democrats has always puzzled me. Israel exists because of the military support of the US. Republican administrations have been stronger militarily than Democrat administrations. I would think that would carry some weight, but it doesn't. I don't think it has anything to do with the "amen corner", but I do think it has to do with the European socialist history European Jews have.