Botnst - 9/24/2004 7:01 PM
Here is why anybody can vote for M. Kerry. He can be all things to all men.
I got this from washington Times.
That alone should get folks' blood boiling!
BTW, I cut the bottom 2/3 off.
Inside the Beltway
By John McCaslin
Kerry out attack
During a 1997 debate on CNN's "Crossfire," Sen. John Kerry, now the Democratic presidential nominee, made the case for launching a pre-emptive attack against Iraq.
So reveals Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, who appeared with Mr. Kerry on the program.
Mr. King says the U.N. Security Council had just adopted a resolution against Iraq that was watered down at the behest of the French and the Russians. Yet the candidate who now criticizes President Bush for ignoring French and Russian objections to the Iraq war blasted the two countries, claiming that they were compromised by their business dealings with Baghdad.
"We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians," said Mr. Kerry. "We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest."
While no "Crossfire" transcripts from 1997 are available, Mr. King in recent days produced a tape of the show, sharing it with New York radio host Monica Crowley for broadcast, and this Inside the Beltway column for publication. Stay tuned.
Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani told President Bush this week that he is sorry.
"I owe you an apology," Mr. Giuliani began. "I made a mistake during my [Republican National Convention] speech ... I said that with 64 days to go, John Kerry could change his mind five or six times about what to do in Iraq. Well, he's already changed his mind four or five times and I'm going to be proven wrong again because I think we're looking more like eight or nine times."
The Washington Times (the Moonie's paper) article you quote, has been exposed as a flat out lie:
Letter to Washington Times requesting retraction of incorrect McCaslin column
September 24, 2004
Mr. Wesley Pruden
Editor in Chief
The Washington Times
3600 New York Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002-1996
Dear Mr. Pruden:
I am writing to you today requesting that The Washington Times print a retraction regarding John McCaslin's September 24 "Inside the Beltway" column that included false information. McCaslin reports that while appearing on a 1997 edition of CNN's Crossfire, Senator John Kerry advocated a unilateral and preemptive attack on Iraq, allegedly saying, according to McCaslin, "We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians. ... We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest." McCaslin's column further claimed that "no 'Crossfire' transcripts from 1997 are available."
Kerry's actual quote does not resemble the one McCaslin used in his column. A quick Nexis search located the transcript for the Crossfire episode McCaslin stated was not "available"; upon review, Media Matters for America found that Kerry expressed frustration with French, Russian, and Chinese policies, but stood firm on a multilateral effort: "I don't think anybody can deny that we would have liked it to have threatened force and we would have liked it to carry the term serious consequences will flow. On the other hand, the coalition is together." Furthermore, he did not advocate taking "pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest." Rather, Kerry said that the United States "will reserve the right to act in its best interests" when there is a "finding of material breach." The exact transcript from Nexis, an archival news service that retains print, network, and cable news transcripts dating back to 1990, is attached.
As the transcript makes plain, McCaslin wrongly used quotation marks to attribute words to Kerry that he never said. McCaslin is also wrong in writing that "no 'Crossfire' transcripts from 1997 are available."
I trust that you will make the necessary retraction of the McCaslin item.
President and CEO
Media Matters for America
cc: Francis B. Coombs Jr., Managing Editor