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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Jun 02nd 2007, 05:23 PM
I have just been reading the transcript from Bill Moyer's interview with him last week. Will post that next. Moyers kept referring back to the WSJ op ed. Here is some background on that column which infuriated many of us.

DLC Spotlights Kerrey's column that spun Iraq as a greater danger since 9/11

He had the nerve to call it The Left's Iraq Muddle. Yes, he really did call it that.

No matter how incompetent the Bush administration and no matter how poorly they chose their words to describe themselves and their political opponents, Iraq was a larger national security risk after Sept. 11 than it was before. And no matter how much we might want to turn the clock back and either avoid the invasion itself or the blunders that followed, we cannot. The war to overthrow Saddam Hussein is over. What remains is a war to overthrow the government of Iraq.

...."Yes, it is central to the fight against Islamic radicalism"

...."Suppose we had not invaded Iraq and Hussein had been overthrown by Shiite and Kurdish insurgents. Suppose al Qaeda then undermined their new democracy and inflamed sectarian tensions to the same level of violence we are seeing today. Wouldn't you expect the same people who are urging a unilateral and immediate withdrawal to be urging military intervention to end this carnage? I would.

American liberals need to face these truths: The demand for self-government was and remains strong in Iraq despite all our mistakes and the violent efforts of al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias to disrupt it.


Then he had the nerve to go on Bill Moyer's Journal and try to defend his statements. Here is the transcript link, and a few snips from it.

Bill Moyers talks with former Senator, Bob Kerrey.

BILL MOYERS: So we're wasting our resources on this guerilla war?

BOB KERREY: Well, I don't think necessarily it's been said that we're wasting our resources. I would say that it's-- it's-- I personally believe it's not an appropriate use of our resources to be a police force for Iraq.

BILL MOYERS: So pull them back, put them on the bases?

BOB KERREY: I think you could get--

BILL MOYERS: People want to know. They-- they really that that we can't unilaterally pull out--

BOB KERREY: Well, I'm not--

BILL MOYERS: They don't know what we should do.

BOB KERREY: Bill I'm the president of The New School at the moment. I'm not in the Senate, so I haven't worked out all the details.

BILL MOYERS: They didn't quote that piece in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and the blogs all weekend because you're the President of the New School.

BOB KERREY: No, I understand.

BILL MOYERS: They quoted you because you were a Democrat--

BOB KERREY: No, I understand.

BILL MOYERS: --identifying with the President's policy.


And then Moyers added this:

BILL MOYERS: I know you don't write headlines of the essays you do in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. The headline on the one the other day said, "The Left Iraq Muddle". Now, it's well and good to call the liberal left a muddle, as THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and Rush Limbaugh do. But in all seriousness, it's not the liberal left that created the quagmire in Iraq or the disaster that seems to have no end, right?


Kerrey responds that both the left and right are muddled.

He should have said a lot more than that about that awful op end. He should have apologized.

Here's the Kerrey Moyers video clip:
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/06012007...

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