Wednesday, October 20, 2004

John Kerry: Soldiers Should Die For UN, Not US

A 1994 CNN interview with John Kerry was made public today by teh Washington Post. In the interview John Kerry reveals what may be the foundation of the "Global Test" he refered to in the second debate:

Kerry's belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, "If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."


So in Kerry's view, action undertaken under the command of the United States is not worth an American life, but an action undertaken under the command of the United Nations is a legitimate action for which young Americans can be sacrificed. Whom does John Kerry trust more the United States or the United Nations. Based on his assertion that any action undertaken by teh United States must pass a "global test" and this statement from 1994, it becomes apparent that John Kerry trusts the judgement of the United Nations to protect US interests.

It is absolutely essential that the American public understand who they will be handing the country to if they elect Kerry. He has vowed not to give the United Nations veto power over our national security, and that he will defend the country. The question that must be asked is what John Kerry's definition of "defending the country" is. It is apparent that he believes that summits, speeches and debates at the United Nations offer the same protection as military action. His proposals for dealing with Iraq, Iran and North Korea are essentially the same and rely on dialogue and summits. His proposals also rely on trusting the other party to live up to the agreements decided on in the many meetings and summits he has planned. The Clinton Administration tried this with North Korea in 1994 and now that country is a nuclear power. The United states and the international community tried this approach with Saddam Hussein for 12 years, through 17 UN resolutions. He never complied or lived up to the treaties and agreements he signed. We now know that the United Nations, the institution John Kerry believes should lead US troops into battle, was guilty of massive corruption that led directly to the deaths of thousands of Iraqi children through starvation, and the ability of the Saddam Hussein regime to survive and import materials banned under their own resolutions.

I do not question John Kerry's motives. I know that John Kerry truly believes that summits and speeches and meetings will protect the United States from the terrorist thugs who strive to kill us. I know that he truly believes that the United nations is the institution that should lead US troops into battle because he believes that any action that is not done under UN auspices is not legitimate (although he even voted against the use of force in teh first gulf war, which did have UN approval). It is because I know he believes these things that I question his judgement and his ability to be commander in chief.

John Kerry is living in the dream world of the early 1960's, when the United Nations was viewed as the institution that would save the world from nuclear annihaltion, and bring forth a liberal utopia where there is no war. He is living in the world of Cary Grant and Ingred Bergman from the movie "Indiscreet". In the movie Grant plays the dashing diplomat who gives speeches in front of international audiences and who is offered a glamorous job at the UN. Kerry believes that the United Nations is still that glamorous organization, and he is the dashing diplomat applying for the job. It is as if the fact that the United Nations consists of dozens of dictatorships and diplomats who were more than willing to take blood money from a brutal dictator.

John Kerry will allow the United Nations to decide the fate of the national security of the United States. It his record and his stated belief.

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