John Kerry should stay on vacation, as when he opens his mouth something unfortunate almost always spews forth. Now he has been caught in an NPR interview calling Moqata Sadr "a legitimate voice":
Bob Edwards: President Bush says Sadr’s defiance can’t stand. What should the US do?
John Kerry: Well, ah, it’s interesting to hear that when they shut a newspaper that belongs to a legitimate voice in Iraq, and, well, lemme change the term legitimate — when they shut a newspaper that belongs to a voice, because he has clearly taken on a far more radical tone in recent days, and aligned himself with both Hamas and Hezbollah, which is a sort of terrorist alignment, so it creates it’s own set of needs in order to deal with the possible future spread of terrorism. But at the same time if it’s unaccompanied by a broader set of moves to try to broaden our own base in Iraq, I just think it asks for great difficulty.
Even with Kerry frantically backpedaling from his own words, what he’s saying is still massively ignorant. Sadr’s newspaper, al-Hamza wasn’t just being critical of the Iraqi Government, it was advocating violence against the Iraqi government. If I were to publish an entry on this blog saying "kill John Kerry" and providing detailed instructions on how to do so, the Secret Service would have my ass in jail before I could blink. At the very least the site would be shut down.
Furthermore, Edwards question is relatively straightforward. Kerry can’t give a straight answer. Parsing a twisted sentence like that is enough to drive someone to drink. Granted, everyone mangles their syntax from time to time, especially President Bush. However, when every verbal stumble Bush makes ends up splashed across the liberal media, why is Kerry’s inability to answer simple questions being given a free pass?
If John Kerry doesn’t have the common sense to say that someone like Sadr is dangerous and needs to be dealt with, he doesn’t belong anywhere near the White House.