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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

John Kerry Is No Neville Chamberlain

Soxblog has a piece analyzing how Neville Chamberlain is remembered because he got the Big One wrong. Whatever else Chamberlain did, we remember him as the poster boy for appeasement in the face of evil.

Come to that, when it comes to getting the Big One wrong, it seems to me that John Kerry's hit the trifecta in three different decades. First, he blamed the good guys for Vietnam and grossly "misunderestimated" the impact our withdrawal would have, saying in his 1971 Congressional testimony that "we have an obligation to offer sanctuary to the perhaps 2,000, 3,000 people who might face... political assassination or something else." (He was a little off.)

Second, he fought Reagan's defense budgets, came out for a nuclear freeze, and referred to the eight years of Reagan's administration as a period of "moral darkness." So he was wrong on the issues that won us the Cold War.

Finally, he's wrong on the War on Terror; he can't seem to commit to calling it a war, and it's only against al-Qaeda because the Iraq war was "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." And...he's wrong! It was the right war in the right place at the right time. It cut a hole in the middle of an enemy region, it let us maintain the initiative, and it nipped usable WMD proliferation in the bud.

The war with Iraq was a war of choice, all right, but it wasn't a choice between war and peace. It was a choice between war now, on our terms versus a future war on the enemy's terms.

Most importantly, Kerry's statements and votes on the War on Terror are aimed not at the most effective strategy against our enemies but for his own maximum political advantage. As a result, he's missed the Big One on World War IV because it takes firm, steady, and inexorable leadership to defeat our enemies.

Now, as it happens, Soxblog didn't mention Kerry in that post at all. Actually, I don't mean to compare John Kerry to Neville Chamberlain either. After all, from what I understand, Chamberlain was a principled man.


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