DEMOCRATS´ DEPRESSING DENIAL (NEW YORK POST EDITORIAL) 02/01/05)
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February 1, 2005 -- THE K&K boys — Ted Kennedy and John Kerry — find
themselves even further out in left field than usual when it comes to
Sunday´s extraordinarily successful elections in Iraq.
Most Democrats were smart enough to appreciate (publicly, at least)
that the waves of jubilant Iraqis who defied the terrorists to vote
represented a significant political challenge.
Of course, few Dems would admit that the election effectively
justified President Bush´s policies — particularly, the decision to
topple Saddam in the first place. Most, in fact, followed the lead of
their Senate chief, Harry Reid of Nevada, who yesterday hailed the
vote, but called on Bush to provide, in his State of the Union
Address tomorrow night, "an exit strategy so that we know what
victory is and how we can get there; so that we know what we need to
do and so that we know when the job is done."
That stance is strategically problematic: Reid is basically demanding
that the president set an expiration date for Operation Iraqi
Freedom — a gift to the terrorists. But Reid´s tack is high
statesmanship compared to what issued from Kerry and Kennedy.
Kerry, in his first broadcast interview since losing last November,
suggested that there was something illegitimate about the election
because the turnout in some areas wasn´t even larger.
And, he warned, "no one in the United States should overhype this
Which makes you wonder just what — short of the kind of craven U.S.
bugout he prescribed for Vietnam — Kerry would deem an important
development. (Copyright 2005 NYP Holdings, Inc. 02/01/05)
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