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markomalley Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 08:02 PM
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91. War crimes are not the sole property of the Republican party...
...Democrats have plenty to be "proud" of in that regard, as well. Although I hope to believe that Kerry would not have been the klutz that Bush was in getting the country into this mess, I have no illusion that the uniformed, professional military would still take a "mission first" attitude and get the information they needed to get without moral regard for how they have to get it.

Remember, the bombing of Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki were done under Democratic presidents. The US Strike Command (precursor to the US Readiness Command and the current US Special Operations Command) was established under a Democrat in 1961 -- the real "pros" are aligned under that command, like the Seals, Force Recons (some), and Deltas -- those are the ones who are committing prisoner abuses heinous enough right now that, if pictures were published, would make these ones look like "hell week" in a frat (that is a comparitive statement, not an apology for what we are seeing in the media).

No, I don't think enough about Kerry to believe that he would do anything about that (although I do believe that he would not explicitly give the order to abuse prisoners). He has shown himself to be able to take multiple sides on issues when politically convenient. If, in the wake of an attack on the US, the fury of the public was ignited, I believe that Kerry would act like a politician and respond to "the will of the people." (just like he initially voted for Patriot, for the Afghan resolution, and for the Iraq resolution -- two of which he subsequently changed his position on conveniently in time for the primaries). This is not necessarily to blame Kerry...he is just a politician and will respond as a politician will respond. He was a more viable candidate than Kucinich, but I don't believe he has the moral backbone of a Kucinich (not a slam, just stating my impressions).

But, I wouldn't have any illusions about Mr. Kerry. He is certainly a better human being than the shrub, but he is still a politician, not a saint.
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