Monday, September 27, 2004

Sensitive Diplomacy?

In a riposte designed to display the superior diplomatic flair that has been bragged about for months on the campaign trail, candidate Kerry made haste to the nearest Columbus Ohio fire station to respond to Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi's statements to congress and at a rose garden press conference. Sen. Kerry Had this to say:

"I think the prime minister is obviously contradicting his own statement of a few days ago when he said that terrorists are pouring into the country," (Read - Allawi is a liar.)


"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." (Read - The president and Allawi are liars, the CIA is right in this case only, Iraq is a complete and utter failure and the world is going to end because of it and because of Bush unless, unless you elect me and then I will save the day with my superior diplomatic skills.)


''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 fantasyland as the president?'' (Read - Well, this one is kind of obvious.)

Well, if this is an example of Sen. Kerry's diplomatic skills, we are in a world of hurt. I think that columnist Mark Steyn summed it up pretty well in this little exposition. A key paragraph:

What a small, graceless man Kerry is. The nature of adversarial politics in a democratic society makes George W. Bush his opponent. But it was entirely Kerry's choice to expand the field, to put himself on the other side of Allawi and the Iraqi people. Given his frequent boasts that he knows how to reach out to America's allies, it's remarkable how often he feels the need to insult them: Britain, Australia, and now free Iraq. But, because this pampered cipher has floundered for 18 months to find any rationale for his candidacy other than his indestructible belief in his own indispensability, Kerry finds himself a month before the election with no platform to run on other than American defeat. He has decided to co-opt the jihadist death-cult, the Baathist dead-enders, the suicide bombers and other misfits and run as the candidate of American failure. This would be shameful if he weren't so laughably inept at it.

Indeed and well said Mark!