Sen. John Kerry's proposal for a troop withdrawal fell flat in the U.S. Senate, as you have no doubt heard.
The senator proposed a deadline for withdrawing from Iraq — July 1, 2007 — a year from now essentially.
The senator said that Bush's plan for Iraq was "lie and die."
He said his plan was to tell the Iraqis they had to get it together in a year because we're going home. He said we have accomplished what we needed to do in Iraq and it's time to come home.
He probably knew his fellow senators were not going to vote for his deadline, and he certainly knew President Bush wasn't going to pay attention to it.
You think maybe the senator is running for president again and he'd like to enter 2008 saying, "I had a plan. The president didn't listen to me"?
Well he says a lot of things, doesn't he?
Remember this one from the last election campaign? It was December 3, 2003, and candidate Kerry was speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations. He said the following:
"I fear that in the run-up to the 2004 election, the administration is considering what is tantamount to a cut-and-run strategy."
Could that be our Sen. Kerry accusing Bush of cut and run? Yes.
"Their sudden embrace of accelerated Iraqification and American troop withdrawal dates, without adequate stability, is an invitation to failure. The hard work of rebuilding Iraq must not be dictated by the schedule of the next American election."
I don't want to start with the flip-flop stuff again, but this one takes your breath away, doesn't it?
First Bush is cutting and running and then when Kerry himself likes cutting and running, Bush is all of a sudden "lying and dying."
This may be one of the reasons why 31 fellow Democrats didn't vote for John Kerry's deadline. They probably knew this quote was lurking out there and they didn't want to get married to a Kerry back flip if they didn't have to.
How to explain how Bush is a cutter and runner two years ago and now he's standing stupidly firm, the "lie and die" line.
This is also why Sen. Kerry should settle in at the Senate and enjoy himself.
He may think he would have done a much better job in the Oval Office and dreams do die hard, but it's really, really over.
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