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October 25th, 2004 10:03 am
John Kerry is U.N.BELIEVABLE…

For a man who accuses his opponent of lying to the American people, John Kerry sure thinks it’s a winning strategy, himself. The Washington Times is reporting:

U.N. ambassadors from several nations are disputing assertions by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that he met for hours with all members of the U.N. Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

So John Kerry didn’t actually meet the entire Security Council before making his very important vote in the Senate to authorize force against Iraq? Oh maybe he didn’t claim he met with ALL of them. This is just some Karl Rove conspiracy.
According to the transcript of the second debate, here’s what Kerry said:

I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable.

You mean *gasp* he lied? Nah, this is just some Republicans taking a single statement of John Kerry’s completely out of context. It’s easy to see right through this conspiracy.
In December, 2003, John Kerry gave a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations called “Making America Secure Again: Setting the Right Course for Foreign Policy”:

Thanks to some friends in New York, I was invited to come up and meet with the Security Council in the week prior to the vote, and I wanted to do that, because I valued my vote. And I wanted to know what the real readiness and willingness of our partners was to take this seriously. So I sat with the French and British, Germans, with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein.

But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly [by the Washington Times] for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries’ U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either.
The revelation that Kerry never met with the entire U.N. Security Council could be problematic for the Massachusetts senator, as it clashes with one of his central foreign-policy campaign themes � honesty.

SO WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Well, as John Kerry says: “Truthfulness is the fundamental test of leadership.”
At least we all agree on that one.

Truth Laid Bear shows why this story is a major threat to the Kerry campaign.

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