Yes, Kerry Did Actually Say It

October 30, 2004

Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the presidential candidate’s respective reactions to the Bin Laden tape. Bush showed his usual class, respect, and interest in unity over partisanship in these national security matters, while John Kerry talked tough against Bin Laden, and critically of President Bush. This article shows — as I said in a recent post — that Kerry indeed made the indescribably inappropriate and inaccurate statement:

I regret that when George Bush had the opportunity in Afghanistan and Tora Bora, he didn’t choose to use American forces to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. He outsourced the job to Afghan warlords. I would have never have done that. I think it was an enormous mistake, and we are paying the price for it today.

It would be immensely gratifying if we learn sometime after the election that the voters punished Kerry for his irrepressible vote-craving greed with these two shameless incidents in the last weekend of the campaign: 1) the missing explosives myth/hype and 2) his impertinent and ungrateful reaction to Bin Laden’s endorsement of his candidacy.