Update: This isn’t the first time that John Kerry has invoked the name of Ronald Reagan…
Paul Kengor points our Kerry’s Curious Name-Dropping:
John Kerry continues to invoke the name of Ronald Reagan when criticizing what he calls George W. Bush’s “go it alone” use of force. Kerry’s decision to name-drop Reagan is curious, especially in light of an event that happened nearly two decades ago this week.
Then, something strange happened: In a bizarre twist, the operation was so successful that liberals ridiculed its ease. Madeleine Albright, then a decade away from becoming Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, dismissively likened the operation to a football game pitting an NFL team against “The Little Sisters of the Poor.” Her words were mimicked by a future presidential candidate from Massachusetts named John Kerry, who said the invasion was like “Boston College playing football against the Sisters of the Mercy.” Kerry called Grenada “a bully’s show of force.”
As the Boston Globe notes, John Kerry has today changed his tune. “Campaigning now for president,” reports the Globe, “Kerry is rewriting that history…. Kerry often lists Grenada among the U.S. military incursions he says he has supported.” Indeed, the senator now says of the invasion: “I never publicly opposed it.”
Why has Kerry supposedly reappraised Grenada? Was it because Reagan had rejected that alleged “go it alone” tendency Kerry sees in George W. Bush?
No way. Despite his reputation as a hawk, Ronald Reagan used force only twice as president — less than Bill Clinton’s use of force (unilaterally, even) in Iraq alone. One of those two episodes took place in April 1986, when U.S. fighter pilots bombed Libya. The French were so against the strike that they refused to permit American jets to fly through French airspace.
Grenada, however, was first and foremost an example of Ronald Reagan’s virtually going it alone. To say that Reagan had less support in 1983 than George W. Bush did in going to war in Iraq 20 years later is a major understatement.
John Kerry is the most disigenious liberal of the last thirty years. Ronald Reagan ran against exactly this type of politician. John Kerry is a fool. It’s too bad for Kerry that he never supported Ronald Reagan.
John Kerry appeared with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Kerry flipped and flopped in his own trademark style. Kerry joined in on the “Clinton was perfect” on North Korea fantasy, denounced his own vote on the Iraq War, conceded for the first time that the nations of “the axis of evil” are related, and blamed President Bush for everything. Here are just a few comments of Senator Kerry in the past two days.
Kerry compared himself with John McCain, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon when he admitted that he is planning to run for President again. A John Kerry/Hilary Clinton match-up will be priceless.
Mr. Kerry’s whopper of the day came when he compared Kim Jung Il to the former Soviet Union. Kerry revealed his naivete of world affairs when he made this outlandish and unrealistic comparison:”Just as Ronald Reagan was willing to negotiate with the “evil empire,” George Bush should be willing to negotiate one-on-one with Kim Jung Il.”
Kerry cited Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan repeatedly to make his case. This in spite of the fact that he was a strong supporter of the “nuclear freeze” movement, and never supported Ronald Reagan on any of his policies.
In a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, Senator Kerry calls the North Korean bomb the “Bush Bomb.
Manchester, New Hampshire: Senator John Kerry, a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, likened the congressional sex scandal to the war in Iraq, saying Republicans have lied repeatedly.
“A lie, a lie, a lie, a lie. What we have in Washington is a house of lies, and in November, we need to clean house,” Kerry said on Friday night during the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraising dinner.
“They tell us we’re making progress in Iraq and that there is no civil war. That is a lie,” he said. “It’s immoral to lie about progress in that war in order to get through a news cycle or an election cycle.”
Kerry criticized the Bush administration for blaming the North Korean nuclear test on former President Bill Clinton.
“That is a lie. North Korea’s nuclear programme was frozen under Bill Clinton. When George W. Bush turned his back on diplomacy, Kim Jong-il turned back to making bombs, and the world is less safe because a madman has the Bush bomb,” Kerry said.
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