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Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Gulf War Part 1 vs. Part 2

Email question from my Dad:

Kerry lauds Gulf War I because there were so many coalition partners. But he criticizes GWII because the members of the coalition don't contribute a lot of weaponry and manpower. Has anyone done the homework to add up the contribution of the smaller members of the GWI coalition? Did not most of the members of GWI coalition make small contributions in terms of stuff and people? And yet they were valuable and these are not. Was the sacrifice greater then?
I think this is a fair question and one that the Media is not going to ask or answer. So I ask you, faithful blog-readers. Does anyone out there know how the troop and material support of Gulf War Part 1 compares to Gulf War Part 2?


Redhunter got it pretty dang close to right in the Comments. Here's where Kerry stood in 1991:

He joined most Senate Democrats in voting against use of U.S. military forces in 1991 after Saddam Hussein’s army invaded Kuwait. Kerry preferred relying on an economic embargo against Iraq to put pressure on Saddam to pull his troops out of Kuwait.

“We think we can get it over with an acceptable level of casualties,” Kerry said during the 1991 Senate debate. “We seem willing to act ... with more bravado than patience.”

Kerry called it a “war for pride, not for vital interests” and said that “our impatience with (economic) sanctions and diplomacy does not yet warrant that horror." He also complained that "there is a rush to war here."
Hey, at least he's consistent. Consistently wrong...but consistent.

Or…not even all that consistent:

“Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf war, much like he did this time around.

Consider this ‘Notebook’ item from TNR’s March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline ‘Same Senator, Same Constituent’: "Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to go to war." --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]

"Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush’s response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf." --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter of Newton Centre, Mass., January 31 [1991]” (Noam Scheiber, “Noam Scheiber’s Daily Journal of Politics, The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)

Update 2:

Here's some more.


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