September 24, 2004

Mr. Krauthammer!

The good doctor first does some harm to Senator Kerry in yesterday's WaPo column, "The Art Of Losing Friends."

It's an old story but he hits it home. Senator Kerry promises that he's going to get so much more support from our allies than has the President. Then he disparages the allies we have.

The only thing that distinguishes Kerry's Iraq proposals from Bush's is his promise to deploy his unique, near-mystical ability to bring in new allies to fight and pay for the war in Iraq -- to "make Iraq the world's responsibility" and get others to "share the burden," as he said this week at New York University.

Yet even Richard Holbrooke, a top Kerry foreign policy adviser, admits that the president of France is not going to call up President Kerry and say, "How many divisions should I send to Iraq?"

Nor will anyone else. Kerry abuses America's closest friends while courting those, like Germany and France, that have deliberately undermined America before, during and after the war. What lessons are leaders abroad to draw from this when President Kerry asks them -- pretty please in his most mellifluous French -- to put themselves on the line for the United States?

Posted by jk at September 24, 2004 09:48 AM
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