If only John Kerry hadn’t waited until 10 days before the election to get his new hunting license and prove he’s a huntin’ man, he could’ve used that license to single-handedly fly to Tora Bora, smoke out bin Laden and before killing him with a technique he learned during his time as a Catholic alter boy or his 16 weeks in Vietnam, he could’ve cured blindness, AIDS and cancer and then sent Osama bin Laden to meet Allah personally. Of course, his statements today accusing the Bush administration of wrongly outsourcing the job of capturing bin Laden directly contradict his position in December, 2001, when the Tora Bora operation was occuring.
CALLER: Hello. Yes, I would like to ask the panel why they don’t use napalm or flamethrowers on those tunnels and caves up there in Afghanistan?
KING: Senator Kerry?
CALLER: My golly, I think they could smoke him out. KING: Senator Kerry?
KERRY: Well, I think it depends on where you are tactically. They may well be doing that at some point in time. But for the moment, what we are doing, I think, is having its impact and it is the best way to protect our troops and sort of minimalize the proximity, if you will. I think we have been doing this pretty effectively and we should continue to do it that way.
But that’s a very different assessment from “John Kerry the campaigner“, who said:
KERRY: Unfortunately, he escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora. We had him surrounded. But we didn’t use American forces, the best trained in the world, to go kill him. The president relied on Afghan warlords and he outsourced that job too. That’s wrong.
So if you’re keeping score at home, John Kerry’s take on the Tora Bora offensive is that the offensive was occuring “pretty effectively and we should continue to do it that way” and the offensive was “wrong”.
It must suck to have to run as “the guy that’s not Bush.”