Sunday, January 28, 2007

Kerry Out in '08, But Wins Contest of Ideas

By now we all know John Kerry has decided not to run for President in 08.

My own feelings are mixed, which is why I couldn't bring myself to post immediately. I'm hugely disappointed Kerry won't be President, but in many ways I think he made the right decision for ‘08. It would have been incredibly hard to repeat as the Democratic nominee and in the end John may be right, he can do more NOW to end the Iraq war by focusing on his job as a Senator over the next 2 years.

Much like Al Gore, Kerry is now completely free to speak his mind about the issues without the media spinning each word as some '08 position statement. While Kerry will eventually play a big role in the Democratic Party's '08 chances with his email list and fundraising efforts, he is now free to focus on Iraq rather than fundraising for President.

AND, perhaps more important for America. While Kerry lost his bid in '04, he won the contest of ideas, and should set the stage for a Democratic victory in ‘08:

  • -American Foreign Policy is re-focusing on international treaties and cooperation.
  • -Global warming is commonly accepted as fact now, even by the Bush Administration
  • -Stem Cell research is favorably viewed by a majority of Americans
  • -National health care is being discussed and promoted by Republicans and Corporations
  • -Energy Independence is a major topic of discussion for both parties

This doesn’t even include the things Democrats were strong on to begin with: Protecting social security, education, better wages, environmental protections, etc.

Clearly John Kerry’s priorities in ’04 have become the priorities of Americans going forward. Thank you, John, for leading us into the future.

You can count on us to help you continue your efforts!

As for this blog, I’m not yet sure what will happen. I’d like to focus my attention on global warming and alternative energy solutions, so I may start something new down the road.

Thanks to all who visited and posted here.

Let’s turn our challenges into opportunities. Time to get to work! –IFK Editor

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Yawwwwwn, Hillary's In

Oh, how exciting this must be for the talking heads and Republican smear machine. Their number one lightening rod just made it official.

Look, Hillary is a savvy politician, but lets face it folks she's no Bill. AND even if she was, so what!

Isn't it time to move beyond Clitonomics? Last I heard we still lived in a democracy not a Monarchy. Do we really need to alternate between a Bush or a Clinton every 4 to 8 years?

Surely there must be another qualified leader in the US?

But hey, welcome to the big top, Hillary. Won't this be fun?

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Terry McAuliffe Demonstrates He's a Clinton Brown Noser

Hey Terry, I always thought you were a weasel whenever I saw you on TV. Now you've proven it without a doubt. Thanks for the new Hillary ass kiss book. Your Monday morning quarterbacking isn't winning Dems any elections either.

Kerry was trying to run a positive, hopeful convention. He thought America wanted change and was sick of the negative, lies and deceit. Too bad he was two years ahead of his time and Americans have regretted their vote ever since. Get a life would you. - Love IFK Editor

Ex-Dem. Party boss blasts Kerry in book

Former Democratic Party boss and Clinton friend Terry McAuliffe is lambasting John Kerry's unsuccessful presidential campaign, calling his effort to unseat President Bush "one of the biggest acts of political malpractice in the history of American politics."

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Blows his 2008 Chances

I never thought Rudy G. had a prayer of getting the Republican nomination, once his marital affairs and other shady business dealings came to light, (not to mention his unforgivable decision to build the NY Emergency Command Center next to the Twin Towers, thus rendering it useless and costing lives when the towers collapsed) but I didn't think he'd be the one to highlight his own weaknesses.

This story speaks for itself. How do you trust the guy and his team with American classified secrets if he can't even keep his own. Wow. - IFK Editor

Giuliani campaign strategy is out

The presidential campaign strategy for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — complete with a $100 million fundraising target for this year — is out of the bag.

The 140-page schedule for the Republican's budding presidential bid was reported in Tuesday's editions of the New York Daily News.

The paper said an anonymous source obtained the document after it was left behind on a campaign swing in 2006, but Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel claimed it was actually pilfered from luggage from a private flight.

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Resolutions for 2008 Presidential Hopefuls

OK, it's New Year's Eve 2006 and you're running for President of the the United States in 2008, or strongly considering it, or leaving the impression you are considering it. What's your new year's resolution?

Before you answer let me put it another way: What are your personal goals for 2007 and beyond, and what are your goals for America?

What sets you apart from the other contenders in your own party as well as the opposition party?

What makes you a visionary leader, a problem solver, a big picture planner who understands the details? Where will you take this country on your watch should we elect you?

Rather than promising what you're going to do if elected, show us, and ask us to help you.

What's your vision? Will you ask Americans to join you in a great new mission for the betterment of humanity and the future of our species or will you ask us to go shopping?

If you can explain your vision/mission in a clear, concise way, we just might might make you the next President.

So about that pressure, now.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

2008 Presidential Race Should be about Global Warming Solutions

by Jim Witkins

What's the number one challenge facing America and the rest of the world?

It's not Iraq, terrorism, homeland security or Al Qaeda.

It's not immigration, outsourcing, or job creation.

Want a hint? Al Gore and John Kerry have been talking about it for years. They are the two potential Presidential candidates most knowledgeable and up to speed on the dangers America is facing if we continue to ignore this problem.

Of course I'm talking about GLOBAL WARMING caused by our dependence and reckless use of fossil fuels.

We all know Gore has a movie on the topic, but Kerry also made it a critical component of his 2004 Presidential bid touting alternative energy Independence as both a national security strategy, a way to create jobs and lead the world in innovation, and an important step to reducing global warming causing gases.

And, yes those other problems seem more immediate and we should work to solve them, but the fact remains that the American public and business world is going about their daily routine with their heads in the sand when it comes to the consequences of Global Warming.

The problems we face today will seem like small potatoes if we don't address Global Warming immediately.

Global Warming solutions should be the focus of the 2008 US Presidential Race.

Which 2008 candidate can offer real leadership, ideas and immediate actions?

They will get my vote.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

If you never change your mind why have one?

John Kerry turns around the mindless slogan "flip-flopper" and takes aim at President Bush's failed Iraq Policy urging him to change course and his mind, before more American troops are killed or maimed for a policy failure. - IFK Editor

When Resolve Turns Reckless

By John F. Kerry
The Washington Post &
Sunday 24 December 2006

There's something much worse than being accused of "flip-flopping": refusing to flip when it's obvious that your course of action is a flop.

I say this to President Bush as someone who learned the hard way how embracing the world's complexity can be twisted into a crude political shorthand. Barbed words can make for great politics. But with U.S. troops in Iraq in the middle of an escalating civil war, this is no time for politics. Refusing to change course for fear of the political fallout is not only dangerous - it is immoral.

I'd rather explain a change of position any day than look a parent in the eye and tell them that their son or daughter had to die so that a broken policy could live.

No one should be looking for vindication in what is happening in Iraq today. The lesson here is not that some of us were right about Iraq or that some of us were wrong. The lesson is simply that we need to change course rapidly rather than perversely use mistakes already made and lives already given as an excuse to make more mistakes and lose even more lives.

When young Americans are being killed and maimed, when the Middle East is on the brink of three civil wars, even the most vaunted "steadfastness" morphs pretty quickly into stubbornness, and resolve becomes recklessness. Changing tactics in the face of changing conditions on the ground, developing new strategies because the old ones don't work, is a hell of a lot smarter than the insanity of doing the same thing over and over again with the same tragic results.

Half of the service members listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial died after America's leaders knew that our strategy in that war was not working. Was then-secretary of defense Robert McNamara steadfast as he continued to send American troops to die for a war he knew privately could not be won? History does not remember his resolve - it remembers his refusal to confront reality.

Clark Clifford, the man who succeeded McNamara in 1968, was handpicked by President Lyndon B. Johnson because he was a renowned hawk. But the new defense secretary reviewed the Vietnam policy and concluded that "we cannot realistically expect to achieve anything more through our military force, and the time has come to begin to disengage." By the time he left office, he had refused to endorse a further military buildup, supported the halt in our bombing, and urged negotiation and gradual disengagement. Was Clifford a flip-flopper of historic proportions, or did he in fact demonstrate the courage of his convictions?

We cannot afford to waste time being told that admitting mistakes, not the mistakes themselves, will provide our enemies with an intolerable propaganda victory. We've already lost years being told that we have no choice but to stay the course of a failed policy.

This isn't a time for stubbornness, nor is it a time for halfway solutions - or warmed-over "new" solutions that our own experience tells us will only make the problem worse. The Iraq Study Group tells us that "the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating." It joins the chorus of experts in and outside of Baghdad reminding us that there is no military solution to a political crisis. And yet, over the warnings of former secretary of state Colin Powell, Gen. John Abizaid and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington is considering a "troop buildup" option, sending more troops into harm's way to referee a civil war.

We have already tried a trimmed-down version of the McCain plan of indefinitely increasing troop levels. We sent 15,000 more troops to Baghdad last summer, and today the escalating civil war is even worse. You could put 100,000 more troops in tomorrow and you're only going to add to the number of casualties until Iraqis sit down together at a bargaining table and compromise. The barrel of a gun can't answer the question of how you force Iraqi nationalism to trump sectarian loyalty.

The only hope for stability lies in pushing Iraqis to forge a sustainable political agreement on federalism, distributing oil revenues and neutralizing sectarian militias. And that will happen only if we set a deadline to redeploy our troops.

Last May, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the head of U.S. forces in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad gave the new Iraqi government six months to make the necessary political compromises. But a deadline with no teeth is only lip service. How many times do we have to see that Iraqi politicians respond only to firm, specific deadlines - a deadline to transfer authority, deadlines to hold two elections and a referendum, and a deadline to form a government - before we understand that it's time to make it clear that we are leaving and that we will not sacrifice American lives for the sake of squabbling Iraqi politicians?

Another case where steadfastness long ago gave way to stubbornness is our approach to Iraq's neighbors. Last week in Damascus, Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and I met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. We were clear about U.S. expectations for change in his regime's policies, but we found potential for cooperation with Syria in averting a disaster in Iraq - potential that should be put to the test. Washington can't remain on the sidelines, stubbornly clinging to a belief that talking to our enemies rewards hostile regimes.

Conversation is not capitulation. Until recently, it was widely accepted that good foreign policy demands a willingness to seize opportunities and change policy as the facts change. That's neither flip-flopping nor rudderless diplomacy - it's strength.

How else could we end up with the famous mantra that "only Nixon could go to China"? For decades, Richard Nixon built his reputation as a China hawk. In 1960, he took John Kennedy to task for being soft on China. He called isolating China a "moral position" that "flatly rejected cowardly expediency." Then, when China broke with the Soviet Union during his presidency, he saw an opportunity to weaken our enemies and make Americans safer. His 1972 visit to China was a major U.S. diplomatic victory in the Cold War.

Ronald Reagan was no shape-shifter, either, but after calling the Soviet Union the "evil empire," he met repeatedly with its leaders. When Reagan saw an opportunity for cooperation with Mikhail Gorbachev, he reached out and tested our enemies' intentions. History remembers that he backed tough words with tough decisions - and, yes, that he changed course even as he remained true to his principles.

President Bush and all of us who grew up in the shadows of World War II remember Winston Churchill - his grit, his daring, his resolve. I remember listening to his speeches on a vinyl album in the pre-iPod era. Two years ago I spoke about Iraq at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where Churchill had drawn a line between freedom and fear in his "iron curtain" speech. In preparation, I reread some of the many words from various addresses that made him famous. Something in one passage caught my eye. When Churchill urged, "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in," he added: "except to convictions of honour and good sense."

This is a time for such convictions.


Senator John Kerry is a Democrat from Massachusetts.