Yesterday I linked to the transcript of Allawi's speech to congress, and then noted the response that Senator Kerry, who couldn't be bothered to ya know, actually BE THERE for the speech, decided to basically call Allawi a liar and a puppet. Not exactly a presidential reaction to the guy that is trying to put his country back together after thirty years of dictatorship.
Today, there have been some blog reactions to Kerry's response to Allawi that I think are much worth reading....
Kerry the Anti-Salesman
No wonder Kerry left the cookie business. The guy couldn't sell an Ice cube to a bedouin.
"I laid out a plan which will help America protect our troops," he says. "We need to bring other allies to the table."
Ok. So you want other nation's leaders to expend political capital and treasure and send their lads to risk their lives along with theirs.
So why don't you act like it? Why aren't you trying to sell the deal?
While I am sure that Kerry's frontal assault on Bush and Ayad Allawi moistened the loins of the idiot left, I just want to be on record that it was the most grotesque, obscene, offensive, opportunistic, and disgraceful performance I have ever seen from a politician. Ever.
Senator Kerry- I am now questioning your patriotism and your sanity.
Others comment more cogently than I have or will, as I now view Kerry as a national embarassment.
Could you let Allawi leave the damn country before you called him a liar, John-John? Christ.
I would like to point out that Allawi has also spent more time in a combat zone that Kerry has, so you can keep your Vietnam experiences to yourself, Monsieur Kerry.
Wow. Strong speech. Advantage Allawi (and Bush).
Kerry looks, er, very small today. I mean, was this statement for real? In its discombobulation, utter lack of grace (all but calling Allawi a liar--a man almost axed to death by Saddam's henchmen in the U.K. and under constant threat of assassination today), near absurdities ("Let me tell you, if the 4th Infantry Division and the diplomacy had been done (ed. note: whatever "done" means) with Turkey, you wouldn't have had a Fallujah"), pleading tone ("And ask the military leaders. Go ask the military leaders")--it reads more like a bona fide Deanian (or Goreian?) meltdown than a serious policy statement/press conference.
And of course the right wing Hunter Thompson, Jeff Goldstein-
Kerry: "Bush lied. Allawi is a liar and a puppet. Iraq is Vietnam. And bumbling American troops are creating chaos in Iraq. Now. Who wants a fudge pop?"
Kerry went on to compare Iraq to Vietnam, himself to Patton, and George Bush to a “confused little monkey,” before concluding his statement with a black power salute and a booming cry of “word to your mother!”—whatever the hell that means.
I'm at a loss to figure out what exactly Kerry is trying to prove by discrediting Allawi. Does he realize that this will actually make things even MORE difficult for the troops? This guy seems to get more clueless by the day. I can't believe that any serious intelligent Democrats out there don't realize what a complete disaster Kerry is turning in to. It's like watching a car accident, you almost have to turn away.