THE MORE DEMOCRATIC
presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry talks
about how he would wage the war on terror, the more he appears to be
planning a retreat from an offensive to a defensive strategy.
Friday, Kerry told a Kansas City audience that: "I know I can run a
more effective, smarter, more productive war on terror . . . I
it by bringing to our side the allies that we used to have which should
have been with us in the first place. I'll take the target off
troops . . . and we're going to get our troops home where they belong."
Earlier in the week,
Kerry boasted that he would
fight a "more
sensitive" war on terror. Now he talks about
bringing the troops home,
"where they belong." Does Sen. Kerry really think that the war on
terror can be fought from the continental United States? I s he opposed
to a forward strategy of fighting terrorists wherever they
so, then Kerry seems to want to return to the approach employed in the
1990s, when al Qaeda was allowed to turn Afghanistan into a base of
operations. Kerry apparently favors a defensive approach to the
terror rather than the offensive approach the Bush administration has
continues, in Nixonian fashion, to promise that he
has a way out of the struggle that takes the burden off the United
States and passes it on to France and Germany and other reluctant
nations. On the one hand, that is hardly a
revolutionary idea. Germany
and France are already helping in Afghanistan, one critical front in
the war on terror. But as for Iraq, another front in the war on
not succeed in convincing those allies to send troops.
The bottom line is that
Kerry sounds more like McGovern every day.
The call to
bring the troops home "where they belong" is straight out
of the Democratic left's playbook of the 1970s.
Schmitt is executive director of the Project for The New American