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Kerry Can't Be Trusted With America's Security

Thursday, 14 October 2004 12:00 AM

As we select the man who will lead America, then, we have to put above all else the question of the character and guiding principles of this individual, George W. Bush or John Kerry. We can't possibly know what they will face, but we have to be able to know that they will make the right decisions because of where their principles and character lead them.

For this reason it is difficult to imagine why so many Americans are willing to trust the presidency to John Kerry. With national security of paramount concern at this time of war and threat of terror, it is abundantly clear that Kerry has been on the wrong side of history regarding these issues.

In the 1960s and 1970s he was against the very war that he fought in. Moreover, he did not believe, as he told the Senate committee after he returned from Vietnam, that we could fight communism all over the world.

John Kerry was wrong.

In the 1980s, Kerry was against the Reagan plan to win the Cold War and resign the Soviet Union to the "ash heap of history." Kerry instead supported the Soviet-backed nuclear freeze, urged detente with the Soviets, opposed putting weapons in Europe and the development of missile defense.

John Kerry was wrong.

Also in the 1980s, Kerry was against fighting communist expansion right here in the Americas. He opposed President Reagan kicking the Cubans out of Grenada. He opposed supporting the freedom fighters in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and instead went to visit communist leader Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and shook his hand.

John Kerry was wrong.

In the 1990s, Kerry was against Operation Desert Storm to remove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, despite the fact that the entire world was behind the use of force. More than 100 nations backed the U.S.-led effort against Saddam, but Kerry voted NO on the floor of the Senate. If he cannot support that "global test," there is no test that would ever pass if he were ever commander in chief.

John Kerry was wrong. If he had his way, not only would Saddam Hussein still be in Iraq, he would still be in Kuwait and quite possibly in Saudi Arabia.

Now in this decade we are at war in Iraq and with terrorists worldwide. Kerry, when asked if Saddam would still be in power in Iraq as he flip-flops on his support for the war, said in the second debate, "Maybe, maybe not." This is not the strong, principled leader that America needs in these times of great challenge and indeed of great danger.

Many have asserted the Kerry is a flip-flopper; that he will say whatever he has to say to get elected. To some degree they are correct. But there is more consistency than meets the eye.

Kerry really is a man who does not believe America should be strong and stand up to our enemies, be they in Southeast Asia or the Soviet Union or Latin America or the Middle East. He is a pacifist who believes that evil can be seduced, or treated as criminal activity.

It is interesting to hear Kerry talk glowingly about the foreign policies of JFK and Ronald Reagan. But Kerry was on the opposite side of these two presidents that he now pretends to emulate. He even called the Reagan presidency "the era of moral darkness" in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1989.

Which John Kerry will become president if elected? That is a gamble with America's security that no one should be willing to take.

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