Tuesday, February 01, 2005
John Kerry: I finally got around to watching Sen. John Kerry's appearance on Sunday's "Meet the Press." I think NBC's decision to interview Kerry and not some Middle East policy expert on the day of the Iraqi elections was odd.
You can find a transcript of the interview here. Lots of bloggers have flogged Kerry over many of the things he said, but one exchange really had me shaking my head -- and wondering if host Tim Russert was paying attention or just going through his list of questions. I've trimmed Kerry's questions of the verbal fat.
MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that Iraq is less a terrorist threat to the United States now than it was two years ago?
SEN. KERRY: No, it's more. And, in fact, I believe the world is less safe today than it was two and a half years ago.
MR. RUSSERT: Is the United States safer with the newly elected Iraqi government than we would have been with Saddam Hussein?
SEN. KERRY: Sure. And I'm glad Saddam Hussein is gone, and I've said that a hundred times.
Try to wrap your brain around those two conflicting statements -- one right after the other.
We're safer, but Iraq is more of a terrorist threat.
We were in more danger when Iraq was less of a terrorist threat.
That's a little too nuanced for me.
On a related note: Someone noticed that Kerry also confessed to treason in the interview.