We've got a war going on now. Before that was another war with Iraq. And we overthrew the government of Panama. The Cold War got wrapped up. Lots of Latin America got into fights with us taking a side. And before all that was Viet Nam. I'm not interested in what people did during that war, I want to know what they're going to do about the current one. No amount of Bush screw-ups during the 70's will matter compared to my (very mixed) opinion of what he's done during this decade. As for Kerry--I proudly wear my NDSM and if anyone criticizes my right to wear it I'll come down on him like a ton of bricks. I'm not going to mess with anyone with medals higher up on the pecking order. But abovenyquist told me some good stuff that Kerry did in the Senate and I'd like to know if there's more.
So what are they going to do about the current war? Bush is straightforward--more of the same, and if it doesn't work try, try again. I've got a lengthy list of qualms but I understand what he's saying and I agree with the long-term goal. I've read lots of Kerry's speeches. He's got a bunch of interesting ideas and some valid complaints. But it's not adding up to a plan other than "not being Bush." I grant that's a plan some people really like but it's not enough for me. The one gaping hole I've seen in all of Kerry's comments in Iraq is that he apparently doesn't care if it's a democracy, "our SOB" dictatorship, or UN-midwifed theocracy. I do care if Iraq becomes a democracy. I think it's essential to winning the war. If Kerry can't convince me he believes in democracy as a goal he's not going to get my vote. And no revelation about what anybody did in the '70s is going to change that.