Thursday, September 23, 2004

Wrong Sci Fi series

After reading about John Kerry's reaction to Iraqi interim prime minister Ayad Allawi's speech before congress today, I found that I was wrong. The democratic candidate isn't from a galaxy far, far away...he's from an entirely different universe...probably this one.

Take a look at what Allawi said as opposed to the reaction from Kerry.
We Iraqis are grateful to you, America, for your leadership and your sacrifice for our liberation and our opportunity to start anew. Third, I stand here today as the prime minister of a country emerging finally from dark ages of violence, aggression, corruption and greed. Like almost every Iraqi, I have many friends who were murdered, tortured or raped by the regime of Saddam Hussein. Well over a million Iraqis were murdered or are missing. We estimate at least 300,000 in mass graves, which stands as monuments to the inhumanity of Saddam's regime. Thousands of my Kurdish brothers and sisters were gassed to death by Saddam's chemical weapons. Millions more like me were driven into exile. Even in exile, as I myself can vouch, we were not safe from Saddam. And as we lived under tyranny at home, so our neighbors lived in fear of Iraq's aggression and brutality. Reckless wars, use of weapons of mass destruction, the needless loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and the financing and exporting of terrorism, these were Saddam's legacy to the world. My friends, today we are better off, you are better off and the world is better off without Saddam Hussein. (APPLAUSE) Your decision to go to war in Iraq was not an easy one but it was the right one.
And now, from the man who wants to be your next president
QUESTION: Prime Minister Allawi told Congress today that democracy was taking hold in Iraq and that the terrorists there were on the defensive. Is he living in the same fantasy land as the president? (no media bias there, huh?)

KERRY: I think the prime minister is, obviously, contradicting his own statement of a few days ago, where he said the terrorists are pouring into the country. The prime minister and the president are here, obviously, to put their best face on the policy. But the fact is that the CIA estimates, the reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story.

Great, John. Just great. You tried to totally screw up our relationship with the interim leader of Iraq, a key ally in the War on Terror, all in the name of your dying campaign. What a diplomat. What an idiot. I mean, this is what going out on the wires now.
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Thursday that Iraq's Ayad Allawi was sent before Congress to put the ``best face'' on a Bush administration policy that has gone wrong...
Allawi told a joint meeting of Congress Thursday that democratic elections will take place in Iraq in January as scheduled, but Kerry said that was unrealistic.
``The United States and the Iraqis have retreated from whole areas of Iraq,'' Kerry told reporters outside a Columbus firehouse. ``There are no-go zones in Iraq today. You can't hold an election in a no-go zone.''
And here's the Bush campaign response:

"His attacks on the veracity of the Iraqi Prime Minister's historic address to Congress reveal a stunning propensity to take political cheap shots for his own benefit by denigrating our allies in this important struggle against a global terror network. President Bush is proud to stand with Prime Minister Allawi while John Kerry attacks progress and resolve and advocates a policy of retreat and defeat in the face of terror.


Blogger Paul Santos said...

Would you really call Allawi a "key ally in the war against terror"? He's a tool of our government. We don't need to schmooze this guy around...he needs to be schmoozing US, since WE put him there.

This point isn't about Kerry's remarks, it's about the perception of Allawi as a leader of Iraq. That's not an accurate perception. Even the Iraqi people know that the minute Allawi makes a move contrary to American interests, the dude is outta there. A lapdog can never be a leader. The lap of his position is, by default, the real leader. And the real leader is the president of the United States. Don't forget that George Bush is our president.

-Paul Santos

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