Friday, August 20, 2004

Another stunning Botox flip-flop, this time regarding the President’s troop redeployment plans, which were in the works since shortly after he took office in 2001.

Here’s Botox before the VFW convention, as recounted by the Cincinnati Enquirer…
"Let's be clear: The president's vaguely stated plan does not strengthen our hand in the war against terror," Kerry told the VFW. "And this hastily announced plan raises more doubts about our intentions and our commitments than it provides real answers…Why are we unilaterally withdrawing 12,000 troops from the Korean Peninsula at the very time we are negotiating with North Korea - a country that really has nuclear weapons? This is clearly the wrong signal to send at the wrong time."
…and here’s a snippet from the LA Times on Botox’s comments to George Stephanopoulos, and at a news conference…
In an Aug. 1 interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Kerry said he believed his brand of diplomacy would allow the United States to "significantly change the deployment of troops, not just [in Iraq] but elsewhere in the world. In the Korean peninsula perhaps, in Europe perhaps."

At an April 14 news conference in New York, he was more explicit.

"The overall effort of a president right now ought to be really to try to find ways to reduce the overexposure, in a sense, of America's commitments," Kerry said then. "A proper approach to the Korean peninsula, for instance, should include the deployment of troops, the unresolved issues of the 1950s and ultimately, hopefully, could result in the reduction of American presence, ultimately."
*sigh*…Just keep on talking, Botox.

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