Defend the country. Promote freedom. Pay attention to the facts. Listen to the experts. Make sure your buddies have your back. Plan for victory. Tell the truth.
Nothing about helping little old countries across the street, but this is only a first draft.
Well. It is rare that I find myself in 100% agreement with Mr. Kleiman, but today I do - I would die and go to heaven if Tall John would say this on national television, or in any other public forum.
"Make sure your buddies have your back." Uhh, unless Kerry is planning to conduct diplomacy by Instant Message, nations don't have "buddies", they have interests. We are delighted to acknowledge a special relationship with Britain and Australia, but is Kerry really going to announce that he is relying on "buddies" like France to protect America from unexpected attacks?
MORE: Tell the truth! We channel the NY Times and touch on Kerry's truth-telling in this post about his Saudi-bashing and his energy plan.
And do we have time for a Bold Prediction? In the debate tonight, Edwards will offer a rowback on Kerry's "global test". Kerry has gotten it right in the past, as we excerpt below - it is only when he becomes enthralled with the sound of his own voice and starts extemporizing that he has a problem.
No more mixed messages.
UPDATE: A new entrant in the comedy sweepstakes! John Kerry thinks it is "pathetic" that people actually read his words and try to figure out what they mean. OK, there may be something to that, although what he sees as "pathetic" I would describe as "unreasonably optimistic".
And in that spirit of unreasonable optimism, I wonder what Kerry meant by this:
But I can do a better job of protecting America's security because the test that I was talking about was a test of legitimacy, not just in the globe, but elsewhere.
Well, it beats me. But I may not be the right audience for this since, as John Edwards helpfully points out, I am probably insane. Can we fit that in - the lying, crooked, pathetic, insane Republican Attack Machine?
STILL MORE: Hmm, a hint from Roger L. Simon - maybe by "elsewhere", Kerry meant Swiss vaults.
FROM THE DEBATE: The Edwards rowback is a disappointment:
Now, I want to go back to something the vice president said just a minute ago, because these distortions are continuing.
He said that -- made mention of this global test. What John Kerry said -- and it's just as clear as day to anybody who was listening -- he said: We will find terrorists where they are and kill them before they ever do harm to the American people, first.
We will keep this country safe. He defended this country as a young man, he will defend this country as president of the United States.
He also said very clearly that he will never give any country veto power over the security of the United States of America.
Now, I know the vice president would like to pretend that wasn't said, and the president would too. But the reality is it was said.
And Edwards would like to pretend that Kerry did not say "But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."
But Kerry did say it, and what that means continues to be a mystery. What happens if you fail the global test? End the mixed messages.
And read on in the debate transcript. The moderator asks Edwards about this directly, and he has a longer answer, which also ignores the "global test" extemporaneous blathering.
John Kerry at the Council on Foreign Relations, Dec 3, 2003:
His thougts on pre-emptive war:
As president, I will not cede our security to any nation or to any institution, and adversaries will have no doubt of my resolve to use force if necessary. But I will always understand that even the only superpower on earth cannot succeed without cooperation and compromise with our friends and allies.
Gievn the rest of his rhetoric, one might well have doubts about his willingness to act alone. But at least in this speech, the words that came out of his mouth made sense and were not absurdly overqualified with words like "prove" and "test".