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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:12 AM
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US should never fight wars of choice: Kerry
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/677410.c...

AFP

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2004 04:46:46 PM

WASHINGTON: US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said on Saturday the United States should never fight wars of choice - only those of necessity - in an implicit repudiation of President George W. Bush's military campaign in Iraq.

"We have a duty to ensure that our troops are sent into battle only as a last resort," said the Massachusetts senator, delivering a Democratic weekly radio address.

"This nation should never go to war because it wants to, but only because it has to," he continued.

Kerry said he believed US troops should have "a clear sense of mission" before they are sent into harm's way.

more...I am not quite sure what to make of this story. Kerry has not given the Democratic weekly radio address yet today. That seems odd.

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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:13 AM
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1. He's right...
though if he had actually voted against this war of choice he might seem a little more sincere...
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:38 AM
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7. 4X in a row the article link 86ed my browser...
a little microsoft mischief by the appointee's people?
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Leilani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:20 AM
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2. He is sounding very much like Wes Clark
EOM
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:31 AM
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3. I am just about positive that Clark will be on the ticket with Kerry n/t
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AnnitaR Donating Member (958 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:33 AM
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4. Yep, that's almost word for word
what Wes was saying every day on the stump.

Looks like the General is having quite the affect on Kerry.

Still have my fingers crossed all of this kind of thing bodes well for Wes being my VP!!
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KC21304 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:10 AM
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10. I love Wes Clark and want him for VP but
I believe these are the words Kerry used in his speech in the Senate before the war.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:22 AM
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11. yes, Kerry has been saying it for years
it's a phrase he often uses in speeches and has done it for years. i like clark also and believe he can help in many ways. but on this, it's something kerry has always said.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:34 AM
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5. I'm really glad he said that,...
,...I just wish he would have been paying greater attention when the war rhetoric was so hot and the propaganda explosively employed.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:41 AM
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8. He's feeling his way in the dark...
the idea is to win, making as few mistakes as possible.

So far, so good.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:27 AM
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13. Yup. Gotta' win first,...change course afterwards.
And I do believe that he will change course in an appropriate manner.

If he doesn't,...why then,...I'll be demonstrating against him, as well.

By the way, his "getting to know John Kerry" commercial is very touching and inspiring.
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:36 AM
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6. That should be repeated endlessly.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:41 AM
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9. He has been
Since January 2003, I guess nobody was listening.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:24 AM
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12. yup, nothing new about it
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 02:00 PM
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14. How does this play out with
the truly moral moral choice of say a multi-national force to be sent to a place like the Sudan (Darfur)?
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