Monday, October 25, 2004

John Kerrry Met UN Security Council While Wearing Magic Hat

In the second debate John Kerry looked into the camera and made this statement as proof that he was more attuned to other countries concerns on Iraq than the President:

"This president hasn't listened. I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them, to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable,"

Kerry made the same claim almost a year before in a speech in front of the Council on Foreigh relations, saying that he had met, ""with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein."

Translation: John Kerry met with the entire security council for a couple of hours. They discussed viable ways that the security council as a group could confront and disarm Saddam Hussein, there was another way other than war, bu the President of the United States would not listen to the Security Council becasue he had already decided to go to war.

Sounds good right? Seems like proof of John Kerry's assertion that the Presidnet did not take to war as a last resort, right? The only problem is Kerry invented the entire story out of wholecloth. That's right, he made it up, or in other words, he lied through his recently lazer whitened teeth.

Joel Mowbray has investigated (and reported in the Washington Times) John Kerry's claim that he met with the "entire Security Council". After speaking directly with many of the members he discovered something very interesting, none of them had ever met John Kerry:

But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries' U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either.
The former ambassadors who said on the record they had never met Mr. Kerry included the representatives of Mexico, Colombia and Bulgaria. The ambassador of a fourth country gave a similar account on the condition that his country not be identified.
Ambassador Andres Franco, the permanent deputy representative from Colombia during its Security Council membership from 2001 to 2002, said, "I never heard of anything."
Although Mr. Franco was quick to note that Mr. Kerry could have met some members of the panel, he also said that "everything can be heard in the corridors."
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Mexico's then-ambassador to the United Nations, said: "There was no meeting with John Kerry before Resolution 1441, or at least not in my memory."
All had vivid recollections of the time frame when Mr. Kerry traveled to New York, as it was shortly before the Nov. 7, 2002, enactment of Resolution 1441, which said Iraq was in "material breach" of earlier disarmament resolutions and warned Baghdad of "serious consequences as a result of its continued violations."
Stefan Tafrov, Bulgaria's ambassador at the time, said he remembers the period well because it "was a very contentious time."

The Washington Times did discover that Mr. Kerry had had a few informal discussions with a few countries, but that there is no record of him having met for "a couple of hours" with the entire UN Security Council:

Asked whether the international body had any records of Mr. Kerry sitting down with the whole council, a U.N. spokesman said that "our office does not have any record of this meeting."
A U.S. official with intimate knowledge of the Security Council's actions in fall of 2002 said that he was not aware of any meeting Mr. Kerry had with members of the panel.
An official at the U.S. mission to the United Nations remarked: "We were as surprised as anyone when Kerry started talking about a meeting with the Security Council."

In other words, it never happened. John Kerry invented an entire meeting with the UN Security Council to create a weapon to use against the President. And use it he did, in speeches on national television, before the American people in a debate.

Joel Mowbray's conclusion is worthy of being excerpted:

The revelation that Mr. Kerry never met with the entire U.N. Security Council could be problematic for the Massachusetts senator, as it clashes with one of his central foreign-policy campaign themes — honesty.
At a New Mexico rally last month, Mr. Kerry said Mr. Bush will "do anything he can to cover up the truth." At what campaign aides billed as a major foreign-policy address, Mr. Kerry said at New York University last month that "the first and most fundamental mistake was the president's failure to tell the truth to the American people."
In recent months, Mr. Kerry has faced numerous charges of dishonesty from Vietnam veterans over his war record, and his campaign has backtracked before from previous statements about Mr. Kerry's foreign diplomacy.
For example, in March, Mr. Kerry told reporters in Florida that he'd met with foreign leaders who privately endorsed him.
"I've met with foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly," he said. "But, boy, they look at you and say: 'You've got to win this. You've got to beat this guy. We need a new policy.' "
But the senator refused to document his claim and a review by The Times showed that Mr. Kerry had made no official foreign trips since the start of 2002, according to Senate records and his own published schedules. An extensive review of Mr. Kerry's domestic travel schedule revealed only one opportunity for him to have met foreign leaders here.
After a week of bad press, Kerry foreign-policy adviser Rand Beers said the candidate "does not seek, and will not accept, any such endorsements."
The Democrat has also made his own veracity a centerpiece of his campaign, calling truthfulness "the fundamental test of leadership."
Mr. Kerry closed the final debate by recounting what his mother told him from her hospital bed, "Remember: integrity, integrity, integrity."
In an interview published in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Mr. Kerry was asked what he would want people to remember about his presidency. He responded, "That it always told the truth to the American people."

The entire Democratic Party has made a cottege industry out of claiming, "Bush Lied!". Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, John Edwards and almost every other Democratic Senator and Congressman has at some point called the President a liar. More often that not they are refering to his statements about the WMD capabilities of Iraq. The same capabilities they themselves gave great speeched regarding only months before.

John Kerry has based his campaign on his assertion that the President did not choose war as a last resort. That assertion was at least partially based on his supposed meeting with the UN Security Council when, he claimed, they discussed options other than war, options he claimed, the President was not interested in. We now know that the person who has been lying to the American people is John Kerry. He looked directly into the camera and lied during the second debate. He has used extrapolations of the lie in almost every campaign speech. He has in effect built his campaign against the Iraq War on a lie. He has stated that he would have done everything differently, that he would have built a legitimate coalition before going to war, he based that assertion on his meeting the UN Security Council as well. Without that meeting, his entire grievance against the war in undermined And considering he has based his run for the Presidency on that grievance, his campaign may well be undermined too.

More on this story from Hugh Hewitt,RedState Roger L. Simon, and Michelle Malkin.

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