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  • Greg Cannon
    http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/7716.html Charles Krauthammer: Kerry Is Running Like Nixon in 68 Charles Krauthammer, in th WSJ (Oct. , 2004): [C]haracter is
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      Charles Krauthammer: Kerry Is Running Like Nixon in
      '68

      Charles Krauthammer, in th WSJ (Oct. , 2004):
      [C]haracter is destiny. Mr. Kerry fell back to talking
      about the current war in the only way he knows -- in
      terms of Vietnam. He does not say "Vietnam"
      explicitly. But this new aggressive Iraq stance has
      one unmistakable theme: Wrong war in the wrong place
      at the wrong time. Vietnam -- not as crime or glory,
      but as terrible strategic mistake.

      But where does Mr. Kerry go from there? He now gets an
      exceedingly rare historical second chance: Vietnam II,
      getting it right this time. What then is he offering
      as a solution? He will begin withdrawing troops by
      next summer and get us out by the end of his first
      term.

      But this makes no sense. Why wait four years? If it is
      a quagmire, then one has to ask the question that John
      Kerry asked Congress in 1971, the most memorable line
      he has ever uttered: "How do you ask a man to be the
      last man to die for a mistake?"

      If Mr. Kerry had not had such tortured history on
      Vietnam and on Iraq, he might have run as a
      straightforward antiwar candidate and simply said: We
      are getting out.

      Instead, Mr. Kerry is offering to magically get allies
      to replace us while accelerating Iraqification. (Does
      he imagine the administration is operating at anything
      less than breakneck speed to transfer the burden from
      American soldiers to Iraqis?) In 1968, Richard Nixon
      ran and won on a similar platform -- Vietnamization --
      and got us out of Vietnam almost precisely by the end
      of his first presidential term.

      Nixon, remember, was vilified by Mr. Kerry and his
      antiwar colleagues for prolonging the suffering and
      dying in Vietnam for four unnecessary years. Yet here
      is Mr. Kerry, after 30 years of torturous
      re-examination of Vietnam, coming full circle and
      running as Nixon 1968: Mysterious plan, Iraqification,
      out in four years. A novelist could not have written
      this tale. It would be too implausible.
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