Critical thinking is a skill that most liberals will claim conservatives don’t possess. They snub their noses at ‘black and white’ thinking (Reagan & Bush), and think themselves to be nuanced (Carter & Kerry) because of their vast understanding of gray matter… They rarely take a stand on anything of consequence because they are too intelligent and open-minded to actually have a solid belief…a solid belief requires the acknowledgement of good and evil….hence the dreaded black and white. The only time they allow themselves this luxury is with conservatives themselves –who, of course, are evil.
(I have taken four critical thinking classes of some sort –Justice, Social Reasoning, Medical Ethics and Critical Thinking –and have gotten A’s in all of them. As a matter-of-fact, the professor of my Justice class told me he ‘wished there was a grade above A that he could give’…’and that I ‘was the backbone of his class that semester’… How could this be? A right-wing-nut-job with a 4.0 in higher education critical thinking?)
I will not regurgitate all the various things that John Kerry has said, over the past 10 years, regarding Iraq and Saddam Hussein…if you want to refresh your memory, you can go to this website and re-read his vast nuance for yourself...It would be a nice preface for this post.
What I am able to gather (from what he is saying now) is that he agrees that Saddam was a threat, that he would give the President the same authorization all over again, that it is good and better for America that Saddam is no longer in power BUT that he disagrees with THE WAY the President carried it out. He thinks we should have a larger coalition, that there should have been a UN resolution for the use of force (not just the threat of it), and that we needed a ‘plan to win the peace’ before we went. Is this correct? So this, to me, means that other than these things, he is in agreement with the Administration that this needed to be done –he agreed with the motive just not the execution.
Now a critical thinker would look at these things –and of course we can’t take them at face value…that would be black and white- and make certain assumptions from Kerry’s past behavior (we will even leave his words out of this) and from the world backdrop at the time we went to war...
When Operation Iraqi Freedom was being brought to fruition, this President also obtained a UN resolution that demanded Saddam comply or ‘serious consequences’ would ensue. The resolution was unanimous. The President then obtained a vote from Congress that authorized the use of force in
This is indeed consistent with John Kerry’s position today –as he still claims that Saddam was a threat and should have been removed. Removing from our memory the fact that he voted AGAINST Operation Dessert Shield –when it encompassed all of his own guidelines, we will continue with the specifications he has laid out for Operation Iraqi Freedom…
-‘Vast Coalition’: The fact that we don’t have the ‘vast coalition created by his own father for the first Gulf War’ is a complaint frequently heard from the Kerry camp (irony). The more we learn about the Oil for Food scandal within the United Nations –the less validity this argument retains.
-‘Plan to win the Peace’: The second complaint against the President’s crusade is that he had no plan to win the peace after
So we see that it is not a GOP myth or Republican spin that John Kerry has no consistency or backbone in matters of war and/or National Security. He has proved it in both word and deed –time and time again. His complaints against this Administration are hollow in light of the aforementioned circumstances (that he was/is well aware of) –and glaringly insincere given his vote against the first Gulf War (with all conditions of ‘truth’ and the ‘global test’ being present). You can say that you hate Bush and want a new President –that’s fine and honest…but don’t pretend that John Kerry has not earned his titles as the Waffler and the Flip-Flopper. Given this model—his record vs. his own words now…when would it be OK to use force? I will tell you…”we will attack swiftly and purposefully AFTER EACH ATTACK” John Kerry… …Scary.