March 8, 2004


This is the dumbest criticism of John Kerry I have ever read.

Deborah Orin in the New York Post:

Democratic presidential nominee-to-be John Kerry called Yasser Arafat a "statesman" and a "role model" in a 1997 book that Kerry cites as proof of his own foresight about foreign policy.
So far, so good, right? Kerry admires Arafat. Thatís bad.

Keep reading.

Kerry expressed the opposite view eight days ago, when he told Jewish leaders in New York that he shares President Bush's belief that Arafat must be isolated because he's not a "partner for peace" - much less a statesman.
Okay, so Kerry is waffling again. But, hey, at least he learned something in the meantime, perhaps. Lots of people thought olí Yasser was worth something before the second intifada, and if Kerry wised up (as I did), good for him.
"Terrorist organizations with specific political agendas may be encouraged and emboldened by Yasser Arafat's transformation from outlaw to statesman," Kerry wrote in "The New War," now out of print.

Kerry added that terrorists "whose only object is to disrupt society require no such 'role models [as Arafat].' "

Well, look at that! Kerry didnít say the Palestinian terror-master was a statesman or a role model. He criticized other people for saying so.

Deborah Orin canít read her own sentences. And neither can her editors.


Posted by Michael J. Totten at March 8, 2004 10:14 PM
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