Kerry urged Bush to give more time to the U.N. inspections process. "The United States should never go to war because it wants to; the United States should go to war because we have to."
Who was that mysterious masked senator warning the warmongering cowboy not to rush to war?
In a sweeping critique of President Bush's foreign policy, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday charged that the administration was moving too quickly toward war in Iraq and had not yet built sufficient support at home or abroad for military action.
"Mr. President, do not rush to war," said Kerry.
While calling for the United Nations to intensify pressure on Iraq to disarm, Kerry urged Bush to give more time to the U.N. inspections process that the administration has increasingly condemned as inadequate.
"The United States should never go to war because it wants to; the United States should go to war because we have to," Kerry said at Georgetown University. "And we don't have to until we have exhausted the remedies available, built legitimacy and earned the consent of the American people."
Thankfully Kerry no longer needs those things. He's evolved or mutated.
Kerry gave Assad an ultimatum to hand over chemical weapons within a week.
US secretary of state John Kerry has given an ultimatum to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to avoid a military strike by turning over his entire chemical weapons arsenal to the international community within the next week.
Meanwhile here is Kerry back in 2004 at the American Legion.
When it comes to Iraq it's not that I would have done one thing differently, I would have done almost everything differently.
I never would have diverted resources so quickly from Afghanistan before finishing the job. I would have given the inspectors the time they needed to do the job, not because that might have done the whole job of getting the weapons, but because by doing so we could have brought other countries to our side.
I would have built a strong, broad coalition of our allies around the world because every one of you sitting here knows, no matter what -- take away party affiliation: This isn't Democrat. This isn't Republican. This isn't independent. This is just common sense.
This isn't even the worst piece of hypocrisy from this Kerry address to the American Legion, because Kerry also attacked Bush over rising co-payments for Veteran health care, when he and his Dem allies have done far worse to veterans.
LEHRER: New question, two minutes, Senator Kerry.
"Colossal misjudgments." What colossal misjudgments, in your opinion, has President Bush made in these areas?
KERRY: Well, where do you want me to begin?
First of all, he made the misjudgment of saying to America that he was going to build a true alliance, that he would exhaust the remedies of the United Nations and go through the inspections.
In fact, he first didn't even want to do that. And it wasn't until former Secretary of State Jim Baker and General Scowcroft and others pushed publicly and said you've got to go to the U.N., that the president finally changed his mind -- his campaign has a word for that -- and went to the United Nations.
Now, once there, we could have continued those inspections.
We had Saddam Hussein trapped.
He also promised America that he would go to war as a last resort.
Those words mean something to me, as somebody who has been in combat. "Last resort." You've got to be able to look in the eyes of families and say to those parents, "I tried to do everything in my power to prevent the loss of your son and daughter."
I don't believe the United States did that.
And we pushed our allies aside.
John Kerry. He was for everything before he was against it. Or the other way around.