I’m shocked, SHOCKED, that John Kerry said something like that

A lot of folks are upset about John Kerry’s latest idiocy:

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry slammed the foreign policy of the Bush administration on Saturday, saying it has caused the United States to become “a sort of international pariah.”[…]

“So we have a crisis of confidence in the Middle East in the world, really. I’ve never seen our country as isolated, as much as a sort of international pariah for a number of reasons as it is today.”

Sure, he’s acting like a moron. But don’t hyperventilate too much over this latest anti-American slam against US policy during a war. He’s been doing it for three decades, people:

His narrow loss to GW Bush in 2004 is more of a reflection on Bush’s poor performance than anything Kerry could say.

I wonder if we’ll be hearing all sorts of folks running to Kerry’s defense, explaining that he didn’t say what he said. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the defenders have moved on now that Kerry is not going to run in ’08.


  1. While I view Kerry’s comments as self serving hyperbole, there is an element of truth to them. The US has suffered a huge loss of prestige, respect, and sympathy, and is still viewed as not having ‘staying power’ by many of the people I’ve spoken with in the Middle East and Central Asia in the last three years. And it’s not just the locals who frequently think that, but many internationals (as in our allies) as well. Everything the Bushites ‘allege’ we’re doing, or are trying to do in Iraq, could have been accomplished in Afghanistan, if only we’d stayed there to do the job properly, and hadn’t gone haring off to Iraq for reasons that were mistaken (I thought Saddam had WMD too), or have been created as excuses since the invasion to justify why we’re there (reminds me of the badly botched and costly Hurtgen Forest Campaign of WWII, and the attendent excuse making that went with that). And if we’d finished the job properly in the Stan, before pouring resources into Iraq………….we’d be much further along towards our goal of a free and Islamically Democratic Afghanistan, and we’d have retained a lot of the prestige, respect, and ‘face’ we’ve lost in Iraq. Now before anybody wigs out………..I firmly believe we have to stay in Iraq and do whatever it takes to see it through successfully. And I intend to continue to do my part to see that it happens that way. I’m not about to be an apologist for a badly conducted (by our senior leadership and their clique of self deluding neo-cons) war that’s cost us far more than it should have, on many different levels.

  2. Senator John Kerry is nothing more than an elitest-opportunist. After all look (ugh) at who he married!

  3. Let’s face it, the only thing anyone respects is winning, and we’re not. If you’re the the biggest kid on the block and you’re getting your ass beat by a little girl, you’re not going to get a lot of respect. No surprise there.

  4. Now that he’s removed himself from the Presidential race, John Kerry seems intent on turning himself into the Senate version of Seattle Rep. Jim McDermott-a far-left nutter who says everything the MoveOn.org and KosKids love, but ultimately means nothing and accomplishes less.

  5. On his ‘narrow loss’, remember the mainstream media guy, a few months before the election, saying that the media would give Kerry a 15-point bounce? I think it did.

  6. Firehand: I have no doubt that Kerry got a big boost from the media, though I’m a bit skeptical of the 15% claim. The media generally overstates it’s importance, and I think they probably did so there, too. Still, I think they certainly helped Kerry quite a bit. On the other hand, a good candidate would have wiped the floor with him, wouldn’t he have?

  7. I think the media boost for the Dem candidate is more around 7-8%, which is still significant. Bush won the popular vote what, 51%-49%? (50.5%-49.5%?) Take 7% from Kerry’s column, put it in Bush’s, and the margin is 58-42. Which, in modern elections, is huge. For comparison, in 1980, Reagan beat Carter 51-41% (Anderson took about 6.5%). In 1984, Reagan outpolled Mondale 59-41%, in what was termed a landslide. And it’s awfully close to what Bush’s margin would have been without the MSM cheerleading for Kerry.

  8. MO, Make Howie Carr a regular part of your balanced listening diet. You can catch him via the internets tubes if you can’t get WRKO. Funny bit that never gets old: playing the soundcut of a man saying sternly, ‘Do you know who I am?!’ whenever anyone mentions John Kerry. Funny bit that does get old but is still a good idea: The Wizard of ‘Uhs’, where they play a quote by Ted Kennedy and callers have to guess how many times he said ‘uh’ in the remark.