... this would have been the time to break it back out.
"If I was president, this wouldn't have happened," said Kerry during a noon stop at Honest John's bar and grill in Detroit's Cass Corridor.
It's tempting to take a shot about John Kerry speaking at a place called "Honest John's". Oh wait, I guess I just did.
Anyway, given John Kerry's ego trips during the campaign, statements like this aren't really a surprise. I'm not sure I understand his thinking though:
The president has been so absent on diplomacy when it comes to issues affecting the Middle East," Kerry said. "We're going to have a lot of ground to make up (in 2008) because of it.
Absent on middle east issue? Are we talking about the same George Bush? Cause the one I see in the White House focuses on the mid-east almost to the exclusion of all else. Now in fairness, elsewhere in the article there are indications that Kerry was saying that Bush was focusing so much on Iraq that the rest of the region was being ignored. That would be more understandable, but still awfully wrong-headed.
Here's a news bulletin for everyone. The problems between Israel and Hezbollah are not the results of too much or too little attention by any US president. The problems between Israel and Hezbollah are caused by the fact that Hezbollah wants to drive Israel into the sea.
It's not about "engagement." It's not about the "peace process." It's not even about "occupied territories." Israel exists. As far as Hezbollah is concerned, that's the problem. From Israel's point of view, the problem is that Hezbollah expresses their feelings on the subject by kidnapping their soldiers and launching missiles into their cities.
Unless we're willing to force the Israelis to evacuate the region, the only way to deal with this issue is to destroy Hezbollah's ability to wage war. Strangely, Kerry and I seem to agree on this issue:
This is about American security and Bush has failed. He has made it so much worse because of his lack of reality in going into Iraq.…We have to destroy Hezbollah," he said.
It's hard to tell since some of the context was nixed, but he seems to be saying that we wouldn't need to be destroy Hezbollah if Bush weren't so incompetent. Still, at least he admits that Hezbollah needs to be destroyed.
That's something, I guess.