Of course it wasn’t all glad-handing the local politicos and a few air kisses for the Governor. He had to take a couple of swipes at President Bush over the current Middle East crisis in the process.
“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.
Has anyone kept track how many Kerry quotes since the election have started with, “If I was president?” It must number in the hundreds, at least.
But I digress. Bush, he claims, “has been so concentrated on the war in Iraq that other Middle East tensions arose as a result.”
“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.”
What kind of diplomacy has been missing you ask? For fear of misquoting this idiot I’ll let him speak for himself:
“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.
Well now, under his watch his diplomatic “skills” would have allowed a different outcome because he would have been more attentive to the Middle East. (with the help of those mythical “foreign leaders” he spoke incessantly about)
But despite his “Mad Skills” we still “have to destroy Hezbollah.”
As Paul says, “He was for destroying Hezbollah before he was against it.”
I think Kerry needs a little refresher course, not that it would do any good, but I’ll feel better.
March 21, 2005 at a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah at the White House.
‘We view Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. And I would hope that Hezbollah would prove that they’re not by laying down arms and not threatening peace,” he added.
As for the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, Bush said, ”The role of the United States will be to continue to urge both parties to make the sacrifices necessary.” He urged Israel to withdraw from settlements and Palestinians to continue to fight against terrorism.
King Abdullah said he and Bush held ”very fruitful” discussions about the Middle East peace process. ”We had the chance to discuss the issues of the peace process, how we can move that forward and, obviously, our commitment to regional reform,” he said.
Mar 16, 2005, Bush urged Hezbollah to disarm and to stay out of Israeli-Palestinian disputes.
Etc, etc, etc.
John Kerry STFU. And go away!
UPDATE: Capt’n Ed points out Bush efforts that resulted in UN Security Council Resolution 1559, which demanded that the Lebanese government disarm Hezbollah and remove them from the Israeli border and it was the Bush White House that allied with France (noted in link above) to force Syria out of Lebanon after the Cedar Revolution in 2005.