Is there an explanation for the reaction from the Kerry camp? According to Podhoretz, “They realize they’ve been trumped. Kerry clearly believed he had hit upon the perfect way to come at the president both from the right and the left when it came to military matters.” As Podhoretz elaborates, Kerry “doesn’t want to appear weak, so he won't say how he's going to do it other than that he will mystically convince foreign leaders who oppose the U.S. presence there to fight the war for us.” But alas, “The hawk of hawks has found a way to tell America that he is bringing soldiers home, even as he vows to stand firm and tough on Iraq until the job is done. What's more, unlike Kerry, Bush has offered specifics, and by doing so has made it clear he is not acting precipitously.”
Podhoretz is author of Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane. I’ve been reading his book over the last week, much to my enjoyment. I’ll have more to say on it later.
(Green Lake--Seattle, WA)