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2004 US Presidential Election
July 12, 2004
Kerry | Kerry Attacks Bush On Iraq

With the release of the Senate report on Iraq, Kerry/Edwards used the weekend to attack the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq, accusing the president of misleading the nation. They also defended their votes supporting the action in Iraq by saying they were similarly misled. From

“The president went back on his word,” Kerry said. “I take that personally.”

He added: “Evidence is mounting significantly that they made a decision, then framed an argument to support it. I think there are very serious questions about that that remain to be answered.”

Nonetheless, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his choice for vice president defended their vote in favor of the war, saying that they had been guided by the evidence laid before them at the time.

“I’m not second-guessing my vote one iota,” Kerry said. “The vote was the right vote at that moment in time, and we don’t deal with hypotheticals. We deal with the realities.”

Utusan (Malaysia / AFP) has a similar story here (worth reading for an overseas angle):

“He certainly misled America about nuclear involvement,” said the candidate, commenting on Bush’s statement about alleged attempts by Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to reconstitute Iraq’s nuclear weapons programme.

“And he misled America about the types of weapons that were there, and he misled America about how he would go about using the authority he was given,” Kerry continued.

Posted by Alan at July 12, 2004 06:45 AM | TrackBack

I think this is ther clearest statement to date that Kerry would have left Saddam in power.

Posted by: DWC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2004 08:13 AM

“If G.W.Bush did not take the most important decision for Iraqis and topple Saddam, we would be under that tyrant till now..starving and dying and no one cares about us..”

Posted by: Rob_NC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2004 09:20 AM

Thursday, July 01, 2004
“You cant imagine how the man burst with happiness all he needed is to know facts, Iraqis now know that the Arab media are the enemy and we don’t believe what they say, but knowing the bright side of the story is another important matter which is the duty of all Iraqis who know it, starting with the government ending with all educated wise people who can take role in rebuilding the mentality of the Iraqi people to start rebuilding Iraq.”

Posted by: Rob_NC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2004 09:42 AM

A new look at Bush’s ‘16 words’
Jeff Jacoby (archive)

Posted by: Rob_NC [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 12, 2004 10:00 AM

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