Letï¿½s talk coalitionsï¿½
So much for building coalitions. John Kerry’s repeatedly told us the centerpiece of his qualifications to be President (besides, of course his 16 weeks in Vietnam) is his unique ability to court the countries that wouldn’t join the Bush administration. Well, turn out the lights… the party’s over. He conceded yesterday that he probably will not be able to convince France and Germany to contribute troops to Iraq if he is elected president.
John Kerry said
, ï¿½[Bush] promised ï¿½to lead a coalition.ï¿½ But he failed to build a broad, strong coalition of allies ï¿½ he spoke to the nation, and promised: ï¿½We will act with allies at our side and we will prevail. When it comes to Iraq, itï¿½s not that I would have done one thing differently from the President, I wouldï¿½ve done almost everything differently. I would have built a genuine coalition of our allies around the world.ï¿½
After months of trying to understand their convoluted contortions on their stance on the Iraq war, weï¿½re beginning to see just how well they handle building international coalitions.
First, theyï¿½d insult our allies:
“The greatest position of strength is by exercising the best judgment in the pursuit of diplomacy, not in some trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted, but in a genuine coalition.” ï¿½ John Kerry 03/09/03
ï¿½This is the same guy who sent our troops into Iraq without a real coalition.ï¿½ - John Edwards 09/22/04
Second, theyï¿½d criticize our allies:
ï¿½I think the prime minister (Allawi) is, obviously, contradicting his own statement of a few days ago, where he said the terrorists are pouring into the country,” ï¿½ John Kerry 09/23/04
Third, theyï¿½d ignore our allies:
ï¿½It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience underestimates Polish sacrifice, this is sad.” - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski
Finally, theyï¿½d admit two countries they promoted as crucial missing links to the Coalition still arenï¿½t willing to join the effort, even if Kerry becomes President:
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry conceded yesterday that he probably will not be able to convince France and Germany to contribute troops to Iraq if he is elected president.
So, when John Kerry and John Edwards recite their talking points about building coalitions, it’s clear they don’t have a plan. They talk a good game of building coalitions. They play a good game of Monday Morning Quarterback talking about how they would’ve done things better. But, as we’re seeing now, when it comes right down to it, these guys don’t really have a clue what they’re doing.
So now that they’ve insulted or ignored the 30+ countries fighting by our side in Iraq and acknowledged that the two key countries they thought Bush alienated wouldn’t work with them either, where does that leave them in coalition-building strategies?
Give it up, Johns, you don’t have a clue and we all know it. You’re just now beginning to understand that America doesn’t buy your hollow rhetoric, and in 3 weeks you’ll be sent back to Capitol Hill to not vote, note attend meetings and not fulfill any other duties you were actually elected to do. Maybe there’s a place for you guys in the new Spanish government.