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DerekG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-11-05 02:57 AM
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52. My response
1. I assumed from your moniker that you were relatively young. Had I known you were a veteran and demonstrator, I obviously would have pared down the body. My intention was not to be condescending.

2. You and I probably have very different ideas of what a Kerry administration would seek in Iraq. You have some degree of admiration for him, so I would venture to say you think a democratic Iraq would be a priority for him (please correct me if I'm wrong). I, on the other hand, fancy him to be an establishment figure, whose vision for Iraq diverges from the neocons only insofar that he wants America to have a popular image. In essence, Kerry wants a kinder, gentler American empire. But empire is what he wants, and I don't believe for a second that he would extricate the forces required for the elite to get a return on their investment. Consider this excerpt from one of his 2004 speeches, detailing his plan for conducting the war:

"First, the president has to get the promised international support so our men and women in uniform don't have to go it alone...He should offer potential troop contributors specific, but critical roles, in training Iraqi security personnel and securing Iraq's borders. He should give other countries a stake in Iraq's future by encouraging them to help develop Iraq's oil resources and by letting them bid on contracts instead of locking them out of the reconstruction process."

This has all the air of a business venture, no? An enticing one, too: by inviting other parties to the table (spoils, spoils), America's image is at least partially salvaged, even as we reap substantial benefits.

Was it Kerry's priority to mold Iraq into a democracy, or into a client state? Why did he have nary a word to say about the 14 permanent military bases?

What is his view of self-determination? Well, consider his denouncement of populist leader Hugo Chavez:

"Chavez is fast on the road of becoming exactly that. He is breaking the rules of democracy. I think it is very important for him to allow that referendum to take place and for this administration and others to put more visibility on what is happening so we can hold him accountable to international standards of behavior. Democracy is at risk."

Yes, I have to wonder who Kerry answers to.
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