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Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Friday, October 22, 2004

Kerry: No "Worth[y]" Deaths for America

John Kerry quoted in the Washington Post regarding the value of American soldiers' lives:

NATO and the United Nations appear to be touchstones for the Democratic nominee, not just the troublesome hurdles that they appear to be to President Bush. In speeches over the years, Kerry repeatedly has denounced unilateral action.

Kerry's belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, "If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."

Senator Kerry emphasizes, "unequivocally", that an American life lost in defense of America is illegitimate unless the action is approved by the United Nations. Incredible. And frightening.

The United States tipped the war in Bosnia towards peace by carrying out the bulk of military operations against the Serbs (and on behalf of Muslims, no less). Even though Bosnia was on its own doorstep, Western Europe did very little but debate the situation until media focus on the genocide occuring there forced Washington to act. Without the US, the uneasy peace in Bosnia never would have been won and thousands more Muslims would have been murdered. It's bad enough that Kerry doesn't believe US lives lost in a fight for human rights and our ultimate self defense (preventing the western spread of the conflict) are not "worth [it]" unless blessed by the UN, but that he does not believe our forces could "affect the outcome" shows "unequivocally" to me the contempt with which he holds our military men and women. Do not forget that he came to office as an anti-war/anti-military hero and his votes against military weapons systems and appropriations in the Senate show this clearly. His track record on military matters is established and, amazingly for Kerry, very consistent. Do not expect this to change come whatever happens on November 2.


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