Kerry Slams Russia and France (In 1997)
Every time I look up from the keyboard there’s a new story about John Kerry’s mind-boggling hypocrisy making the rounds.
The latest: he relentlessly slams George Bush for not getting Europe on our side in the Iraq War—but in 1997 he expressed the completely opposite opinion about Clinton’s preparations to attack Iraq, even deriding Russia and France: Kerry Praised Clinton for Snubbing Iraq War Allies. (Hat tip: Ace of Spades.)
Likely Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has repeatedly slammed President Bush for not getting the cooperation of European allies before attacking Iraq last year.
But in 1997, Kerry praised President Clinton for preparing to attack Iraq by deploying ships, aircraft and troops over the objections of France and Russia.
In a November 1997 audiotape broadcast by WABC Radio’s Monica Crowley on Monday, Kerry painted Clinton as resolute for putting U.S. war plans against Baghdad in motion.
“The president has, in effect, put military action on the table,” he told CNN’s “Crossfire.”
“Secretary Cohen canceled his trip, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff canceled a trip, troops are deployed, the aircraft carriers are being brandished. There’s no misunderstanding here about where the United States is prepared to go,” the Massachusetts Democrat assured.
Kerry praised the Clinton White House for thumbing its nose at our European allies.
“Clearly the allies may not like it,” said the top Democrat, before suggesting that France and Russia were spineless.
“Where’s the backbone of Russia, where’s the backbone of France, where are they in expressing their condemnation of such clearly illegal activity?” he railed.
Kerry also praised the White House for giving the United Nations the brush-off.
“The [Clinton] administration is leading. The administration is making it clear that they don’t believe that they even need the U.N. Security Council to sign off on a material breach because the finding of material breach was made by [U.S. weapons inspector Richard] Butler.”
Kerry defended President Clinton’s go-it-alone war plan as the best way to protect U.S. national security, telling “Crossfire,” “I think the United States has always reserved the right and will reserve the right to act in its best interests.”