Monday, October 04, 2004


John Kerry shows off his credibility gap

In the preceding post, The Galvin Opinion highlighted instances where John Kerry "hurled accusations, twisted facts, and made up arguments out of thin air" during his debate with President George W. Bush. The Galvin Opinion continues to compile and inspect John Kerry's statements and will do so for each debate. Here are more examples of how John Kerry plays loose with the truth and how his other answers are just plain wrong and are indicative of why he should not be elected president.

# 22: "I believe we could have done better. I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not [Iran was] actually looking for it for peaceful purposes."

TRUTH: Bill Clinton's 1994 Agreed Framework with North Korea was a disaster. Clinton fell for the North Korean trick of accepting U.S. aid while secretly enriching uranium. The North Koreans knew they would eventually be caught. Once caught, they executed their plan by dropping out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). John Kerry proposes to give Iran the same deal given to the North Koreans.

# 23: "We had inspectors and television cameras in the nuclear reactor in North Korea. Secretary Bill Perry negotiated that under President Clinton. And we knew where the fuel rods were."

TRUTH: That is a LIE. What John Kerry doesn't do is blame North Korea for breaking the agreement struck with Secretary Bill Perry. What John Kerry doesn't do is concede that no one knew where the fuel rods were. That's because while Bill Clinton was helping build North Korea's civilian reactors, the North Koreans were secretly proceeding with a nuclear weapons program without missing a beat.

# 24: "I first want to say something about those sanctions on Iran. Only the United States put the sanctions on alone. And that's exactly what I'm talking about. In order for the sanctions to be effective, we should have been working with the British, French and Germans and other countries."

TRUTH: The European nations were against sanctions, preferring make a North Korean type "deal" with Iran. But, Iran violated the agreement with the EU by continuing to enrich uranium. Now, Europe wants to finally discuss coordinating Iranian sanctions with the U.S. at the next IAEA meeting.

# 25: "I've been fighting for antiproliferation the entire time I've been in the Congress."

Shaking hands with Central America's version of Saddam Hussein

TRUTH: Actually, John Kerry has been fighting against common sense while he's been in Congress. Two of the most egregious examples are when he supported the communist-backed Sandinistas of Nicaragua and voted against the 1991 Gulf War even though it passed his global test.

# 26: "That's why, in my plan, I add two active-duty divisions to the United States Army, not for Iraq but for our general demands across the globe."

TRUTH: Not for our defense but for "general demands." This is the same man who proposed to bring our troops home from Iraq. Who is going to volunteer for these new divisions where the primary objective is to go skipping around the globe for "general demands?"

# 27: "But I'll tell you this, as president, if it took American forces to some degree to coalesce the African Union, I'd be prepared to do it because we could never allow another Rwanda. It's a moral responsibility for us in the world."

TRUTH: But as president, he wouldn't go to war with Iraq even though he said Saddam was a threat. And he wouldn't send American forces to Iraq despite the moral implications concerning a madman collaborating with terrorists, gassing his own people, invading neighboring countries and lobbing Scud missiles into Israel.

# 28: "It's one thing to be certain, but you can be certain and be wrong. It's another to be certain and be right or be certain and be moving in the right direction or be certain about a principle and then learn new facts and take those new facts and put them to use in order to change and get your policy right."

TRUTH: It's one thing to read the polls to decide what position to take. It's another thing to read the war's casualty list in order to decide whether or not to speak out against the war you voted for.

# 29: "I wrote a book about [nuclear proliferation] several years ago, maybe six or seven years ago, called "The New War," which saw the difficulties of this international criminal network."

TRUTH: On June 30, Kerry released an ad in which he described his book, "The New War" as a "strategy to win the war on terror." But, the problem is that assertion was A LIE. The book was about global crime, lacking any strategic gameplan. The book's cover says it is "a powerful warning that global crime is robbing us not only of our money but also of our way of life." Kerry mentions "the Italian Mafia, the Russian mobs, the Japanese yakuza, the Chinese triads, and the Colombian cartels--working with smaller, specialized groups in Nigeria, Poland, Jamaica, and Panama." What's missing? Al Qaeda.

# 30: "And part of that leadership is sending the right message to places like North Korea. Right now the president is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to research bunker-busting nuclear weapons. The United States is pursuing a new set of nuclear weapons. It doesn't make sense."

TRUTH: Poor North Korea. They are so frightened and confused because the big, bad United States dares to spend money researching bunker busting bombs. Plus, the research budget is less than $35 million, not "hundreds of millions." It is John Kerry who doesn't make sense.

# 31: "You talk about mixed messages: We're telling other people you can't have nuclear weapons but we're pursuing a new nuclear weapons that we might even contemplate using. Not this president. I'm going to shut that program down."

TRUTH: Your shutting that program down is what we're afraid of, Senator Kerry. Remember the gun control caveat; "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will own guns."

# 32: "I'm going to immediately set out to have bilateral talks with North Korea."

TRUTH: Again, Bill Clinton's 1994 Agreed Framework was a failure. Under Kerry's preferred bilateral posture, the United States was unable to exert enough pressure on North Korea to cease having designs on nuclear weapons. Six Party Talks involving China, South Korea, Russia and Japan will do a better job of applying heavy pressure on North Korea. China is easily the most important piece of this strategic puzzle. Here, Kerry's unilateralism is a proven failure.

# 33: "And unfortunately, he didn't go to war as a last resort."

TRUTH: Of course, John Kerry doesn't think we went to war as a last resort because he wants to offer countries like France and Germany bribes by asking them, "what do you want? What can we do for you?"

There are now at least 33 instances of how Kerry lied or gave the American people terrible answers to the questions posed to him.

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