Failed presidential candidate John Kerry said Thursday that he intends to confront Congress with a document touted by critics of President Bush as evidence that he committed impeachable crimes by falsifying evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
"When I go back [to Washington] on Monday, I am going to raise the issue," Kerry said, referring to the Downing Street Memo in an interview with Massachusetts' Standard Times newspaper.
"I think it's a stunning, unbelievably simple and understandable statement of the truth and a profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home," the top Democrat added.
Unsuccessful in trying to unseat George W. Bush in the election, John Kerry now hopes to unseat Mr. Bush by mounting a “stunning” effort to impeach the President. In order to justify this attack, the self-consumed Senator from Massachusetts ignores facts that would stop most people in their tracks. Legions of people in high places believed as George Bush did, that Iraq had WMD, including John Kerry himself, along with prominent Democrats Ted Kennedy, Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, Bob Graham, Harold Ford, Tom Lantos, former Clinton Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, Robert Byrd, unsuccessful Democratic Presidential hopeful Wesley Clark, former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Dick Gephardt, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi, John Rockefeller, and Henry Waxman, as well as Ex-UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter. All of them said so in at least one public statement each, and some of them in multiple public statements. Furthermore, the United Nations, and the leaders of many European countries including Monsieur Jacques Chirac, also thought Iraq had WMD. But why let those facts get in the way of a good lynching? What’s a little hypocrisy among enemies?
Sen. Kerry isn’t alone in this crusade to add to the Democrats’ efforts to tear the country apart over Iraq, however. He has the assistance of no less an authority on Iraq than Ralph Nader, who wrote in an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe, "It is time for Congress to investigate the illegal Iraq war as we move toward the third year of the endless quagmire that many security experts believe jeopardizes US safety by recruiting and training more terrorists. A Resolution of Impeachment would be a first step."
What exactly Mr. Kerry hopes to achieve from this grandstanding is a little unclear. It is almost beyond the realm of fantasy that this will get much traction, except from the nutty fringe of the Left in the U.S. and their fellow travelers in Europe. It is difficult to imagine many Americans falling for this foolishness. Perhaps he thinks that Mr. Bush will drop everything else to focus on defending himself from this charge. I wouldn’t bet on it, Senator.
Both Sen. Kerry and Mr. Nader latched onto the Downing Street Memo, which was first reported on May 1 by the London Times, and was drafted by a foreign policy aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Ostensibly, the memo is based on minutes of a meeting in July 2002 where Blair allegedly admitted that the Bush administration "fixed" Iraq intelligence to manufacture a rationale for war. Do you suppose Mr. Bush would have confided such a thing to Mr. Blair, even if it were true? Even so, the memo contains no quotes from either Bush or Blair, and presents little or no evidence implicating Bush in a WMD cover-up.
Call me crazy, but I have to believe that the Democrats are once again shooting themselves in the foot with this charade. Howard Dean continues to embarrass the Party with his ill-advised off-the-cuff insults of Republicans and the President. And now John Kerry, of all people, wants to be the chairman of the “let’s hang Bush” committee.Methinks this entire fiasco has the distinct odor of sour grapes.