Foreign policy lies
Jack has a very insightful post, Oil-for-food and the collapse of containment:
Genuine opponents of the Iraq war — excluding those who supported the war but for its timing, manner, and diplomatic context — need to demonstrate how containment, which was never meant to have been a long-term policy, could have been sustained credibly for the expected life of the Saddam-Uday-Qusay regime. Unless they do, they must have been willing to countenance Saddam Hussein or one of his less rational sons armed with nuclear weapons, or have been genuinely willing to fight a future war against Iraq on Saddam’s terms, rather than ours
Bob Woodward sat down with President Bush and asked 22 questions on foreign policy, which the President answered. Woodward tried to interview Sen. John Kerry on the same but Kerry has refused. By answering Woodward’s questions, Kerry might have clarified his position on containment — but he won’t.
Instead, Kerry goes on the campaign trail and makes all sorts of assertions, which are subject to change, or are downright false. The latest one is that Kerry claims that he met for hours with all members of the U.N. Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq.
“This president hasn’t listened. I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them, to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable,” Mr. Kerry said of the Iraqi dictator.
Well, those Security Council members deny meeting Kerry:
But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries’ U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either.
The former ambassadors who said on the record they had never met Mr. Kerry included the representatives of Mexico, Colombia and Bulgaria. The ambassador of a fourth country gave a similar account on the condition that his country not be identified
The Washington Times was only able to confirm directly that Mr. Kerry had met with representatives of France, Singapore and Cameroon, hardly the entire Security Council.
Kerry has lied about items big and small (while the MSM ignores it): lied about being in Cambodia, lied about his war record, lied about meeting with foreign leaders “who privately endorsed” him, lied about meeting with the Vietnamese communists in Paris, lied about hunting, lies about cargo inspections, even lied about running marathons and attending a baseball game. Small wonder that some ask, Is John Kerry a sociopath?
Kerry’s on the record calling truthfulness “the fundamental test of leadership.” That’s a test he has failed.