Wednesday, June 21, 2006

lie and die.

* john kerry:
""Stay the course" is not a plan. And what this administration wants is to have a fake debate, as usual. Uh, they're--you hear the drumbeat on every television show from every commentator, "cut and run, cut and run, cut and run, cut and run." That's their phrase. They've found their three words, they love to do that, and they're gonna try to make the elections in November a choice between "cut and run" or "stay the course." That's not the choice. My plan is not "cut and run." Their plan is "lie and die.""

speaking of lie and die...
* wapo:
"On Tuesday, the U.S. military issued a statement saying it had killed 15 "terrorists" and detained three suspects during simultaneous raids near Baqubah aimed at pursuing a suspected senior member of al-Qaeda in Iraq...

The raids yielded 10 AK-47 assault rifles, a shotgun, a pistol and a crate of explosives, military officials said.

A different account of the incident was provided by witnesses, family members of the dead and a Sunni Muslim member of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammed al-Diani, who called the raids a "barbaric bombing" of civilians and children. Diani called on the Iraqi cabinet to investigate.

Hadi al-Azzawi, a press officer for a human rights organization in Baghdad who said he witnessed the incident, said two of the dead were young boys, ages 10 and 12, and a police officer denied any weapons were present at the scene."
* wapo:
"The killings of the two privates raised questions about why such low-ranking troops were left alone, backed by a single armored Humvee, in a region Caldwell described Thursday as "an insurgent hotbed" and the most dangerous place in Iraq for U.S. forces after Baghdad and Ramadi. Even in safer areas, U.S. troops generally travel in convoys to provide support in case insurgents attack or a vehicle breaks down."
'parently *cough* the new leader of AlQI did the deed personally.


calipendence said...

Damn I wish we had public financing now at the national level! These "do nothing" Dems now going after Kerry for not "staying quiet" to avoid pissing off either their bribing contributors or their constituents are really pissing me off now!

Don said...

From the NYT Piece:

Senate Democrats have been loath to express their opinions publicly, determined to emphasize a united front. But interviews suggest a frustration with Mr. Kerry, never popular among the caucus, and still unpopular among many Democrats for failing to defeat a president they considered vulnerable. Privately, some of his Democratic peers complain that he is too focused on the next presidential campaign.

Ok, so by not taking any stand and remaining a completely still target for the smear machine, he fucked up '04, but now that he's found a voice, he's fucking up other Dems' chances?

Do their image consultants not let them read newspapers and polls? 'Cause, y'know, it's worked so well for G-Dub...

...and I'm sure his 'critics' (Biden and Dodd are quoted) aren't being all 2008 poly-tickal at all. [/snark]


In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Mr. Kerry characterized his statement as the position of strength, and said Democrats had made a mistake not to take a firm stand.

"The Democrats need to be strong and stand up with a clear articulation about how we make the United States stronger
," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, we should go right at Karl Rove and his phony tough talk that is calculated purely for the election and not for a successful strategy in Iraq."

Nope, not equivocating at all on who he thinks is behind the smear, now or in '04...

"I'm doing what I think is the right thing to do as a policy matter," he said, "for our troops and for the country. Someone else will deal with politics."

Poll numbers on Iraq reflect majority criticism of the policy, not the politics. Quoth Feingold, "The American people are actually way ahead of the Senate on this."

It'll be interesting to watch everyone's poll numbers in the next 2-1/2 years...

lukery said...

stupid nyt. what a bullshit article

Kathleen said...

Kerry's language certainly did get more colorful, an improvement, but he commits a cardinal sin of mass persuasion by repeating his enemy's mantra many more times than his own. Tsk,tsk. He should NEVER say "Stay the Course" or "Cut and Run", just "Lie and Die". Any Madison Avenue PR person knows never to mentions the other brand.

Kerry brought his criticism on himself by being so uncertain about his own position for so long. Standing in front of the Grand Canyon during the 04 campaign and saying if he knew then what he knew then, he would have done the same thing. HUH??? Stand firm.

lukery said...

"He should NEVER say "Stay the Course" or "Cut and Run""

i agree kathleen. cardinal sin. as i keep mentioning.