Thursday, September 23, 2004

The AP weighs in, Kerry Agrees

After hearing about this AP headine: Bush: Terrorists May Plan More Attacks , I was a little miffed, because both the President and Allawi had great messages of hope and victory in Iraq.

And now, Powerline has an even more distrubing update about the AP Campaigning for Kerry
Hindrocket details the main object of the offense:
[T]he bulk of the AP's account of Allawi's speech is not devoted to an account of Allawi's speech. It is devoted to undercutting and contradicting Allawi's statements, and suggesting that his address to Congress was merely a political ploy by the Bush administration.

He quotes the AP stories linked in my earlier post and then points out why the APs actions are so dangerous:
This kind of shameless electioneering is typical of the Associated Press's news coverage. And, because the AP is the dominant wire service, its blatantly biased story will appear in hundreds, if not thousands, of newspapers.

And he's absolutely right. Go and try to find an article covering Kerry's speech that doesn't have the same quotes or the same information, or simply the AP story reprinted on their news site. It's difficult because I tried earlier. AP and Reuters run the show, and apparently, as Hindrocket updates, Kerry is using their articles for his speeches because his ridiculous rebuttal contains the same themse as the AP story.

Leaving Aside the AP, the more important question of Kerry's position is addressed:
Kerry's idea of how to "behave like we're at war" is to hang around the U.N. hobnobbing with "foreign leaders." Of course, Prime Minister Allawi is a foreign leader, too. But Kerry has a highly selective list of "leaders" and "allies" to whom we should defer, and he is remarkably quick to denigrate and insult leaders and allies who don't suit his political purposes.
the Democratic Party's candidate for President is on record as saying that January elections are impossible; or, if held, they will be illegitimate. The primary purpose of the terrorists' current terror campaign is to force the postponement or cancellation of the Iraqi elections. A secondary objective has been to secure the election of John Kerry. Through Kerry's own actions, those objectives have now become one. Kerry's message to the terrorists is: What you're doing is working. Keep it up. If I'm elected, you'll get your wish and there will be no elections in Iraq.

I added the emphasis because I've been thinking about this lately: Kerry doesn't talk about being victorious in Iraq, but when he talks about Iraq, he's talking about being victorious here in November. Iraq has to be a disaster, American soldiers have to die so that then Kerry can say "See I was right, Bush can't do it, but I can."
Let me say that another way: The worse things in Iraq become, the better it is for the Kerry Campaign. That's devastating - For Kerry, for the Democratic Party, for the Coalition forces, for our country and for the entire Worldwide War on Terror.

UPDATE: Kerry Spot has a note for Senator Kerry:
But if you want to be the next president, and the Prime Minister of Iraq comes to Washington to address a joint session of Congress, where should you be?

In the U.S. Capitol chamber!

Not in a Columbus, Ohio firehouse!

Ditto. And I would add "Not in Ohio at all. Ever."