John Kerry: Insulting allies and stealing Bush's plan for Iraq

A few observations from Kerry's speech at NYU on the 20th.
After insulting allies and shredding alliances, this President may not have the trust and confidence to bring others to our side in Iraq. But we cannot hope to succeed unless we rebuild and lead strong alliances so that other nations share the burden with us."

John Kerry
Hmm, "insulting allies" and "shredding alliances", sounds familiar... Oh wait here's what he said after Prime Minister Allawi's speech to Congress:

The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best face on the policy [in Iraq]"

John Kerry
So he will overtly imply that Bush is using Allawi to campaign, even inducing him to tell falsehoods. But wait it gets worse, his new press secretary said this:
The last thing you want to be seen as is a puppet of the United States, and you can almost see the hand underneath the shirt today moving the lips"

Joe Lockhart
Ok... I see Mr. Kerry's campaign staff not only has a hard time staying on message, they like to be hypocritical as well. It must be hard to build alliances when you run around calling them puppets, and saying that the coalition was "coerced" and "fraudulent". This is not the speech of a diplomat, it is the speech of a politician who will say anything to get elected.

Here is the even bigger one to me, Kerry's "plan" for Iraq (I know, I was surprised he had the cojones to come up with one too!).
The principles that should guide American policy in Iraq now and in the future are clear: [1]We must make Iraq the world’s responsibility, because the world has a stake in the outcome and others should share the burden. [2]We must effectively train Iraqis, because they should be responsible for their own security. [3]We must move forward with reconstruction, because that’s essential to stop the spread of terror. [4]And we must help Iraqis achieve a viable government, because it’s up to them to run their own country. That’s the right way to get the job done and bring our troops home.

John Kerry
numbering added
So that's it, but wait it looks familiar... Oh yeah, with the exception of the first point, its exactly what Bush has been saying.

"So?" you say, "I do believe that we did not engage the world enough, and we need to do so now." Ok, well since we have over 30+ nations participating with us in Iraq, I assume you mean our two high-profile allies who did not join in, France and Germany. Well, according to an article in the London Financial Times, here is what the Germans say to that:
I cannot imagine that there will be any change in our decision not to send troops, whoever becomes president"

Gert Weisskirchen
member of parliament and foreign policy expert
German Social Democratic Party (ruling party)
And the French? Michel Barnier, the French foreign minister, said last week that France had no plans to send troops "either now or later". Eliminate the first point from his "plan".

So what do you have? The same thing that President Bush says. I hope John Kerry keeps hammering away at the war, saying its the "wrong" war, because it ruins your credibility when you finally get a plan, its actually your opponents!

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