John "Sybil" Kerry
The New Republic has dug up two letters John Kerry wrote to the same constituent concerning his vote on the 1991 Gulf War.
Jan. 22, 1991: "Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition . . . to the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to go to war."
Jan. 31, 1991: "Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf."
Okay, whatever you say.
Now let's fast forward to today, where David Broder takes on Kerry in an interview with the Washington Post, where he says:
Kerry argued that his record was "entirely consistent." He said that he had made it clear in 1991 that "I believed we should kick Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait" and only wanted to signal with his "no" vote that the first President Bush should delay such action until there was greater domestic support for such a move. And he said that when he voted "yes" on the current President Bush's ultimatum to Iraq, he did not expect -- or intend -- that it be used the way it was. "The vote I cast was not a vote to go to war," he said. "It was a vote based on promises to go to the United Nations, resume inspections, build a coalition and go to war as a last resort."
When I suggested to the senator that it might be difficult to explain to voters that "your 'no' did not mean no, and your 'yes' did not mean yes," he bristled and said, "I completely disagree with that assessment."
I wonder if he knows what the definition of is is. (The rest of the article from Broder is his typical whining about Bush, very forgettable.)
Now that Kerry has toppled the Dean train, it's time to start circling the wagons around him for the blood-letting. This is going to be a fun campaign.