Larry Kudlow dispells the convenient myth that Kerry voted to authorize the war in order to give Bush negotiating clout in the U.N.
Dole was on CNN today explaining that a Senator has a tough time becoming President because they have a long voting record that becomes an issue in a campaign. Kerry's record shows him as a staunch liberal which he wants to run away from that. His one conservative vote for the war also has him running in the opposite direction. Kerry is trying to win this election by convincing people that nothing in his record is indicative to what kind of President he will be. Instead, you're supposed to fall for the packaging.
At the heart of the resolution is section 3, “Authorization for use of United States Armed Forces,” paragraph B: “(1) Reliance of the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against a continuing threat posed buy Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and (2) acting pursuant to this resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”
In other words, this congressional authorization for war specifically and unambiguously says that further diplomacy will not adequately protect the United States against the threat posed by Iraq.
Not only are Kerry’s newfound qualifiers not included in this resolution, his so-called diplomatic qualifier is actually precluded by the resolution. This is precisely why Kerry’s latest anti-war political offensive leading up to this evening’s foreign-policy debate has no resonance with either registered or likely voters according to virtually every poll.