To John Kerry: Psst, the election is over

January 18, 2005

Will someone please tell this narcissist the presidential campaign is over? Oh yes, and please also remind him that he lost. Today I saw him lecturing Condi Rice about nuclear proliferation. Kerry secretly revealed to her (on national TV) that he had a plan. It was actually painful to watch if you have a low tolerance for buffoonery.

Then, after the hearings, I’m sitting at my computer minding my own business and my mail box is assaulted with another e-mail from John Kerry.

It’s as if his campaign is just getting warmed up. His latest kick? As you know, he just returned from Iraq, having had a driving urge to go there to find out if our troops were being properly equipped. This is a guy who always puts the interests of others above his own. (You’ll remember how he treated his fellow soldiers upon returning from Vietnam.) It seems as though Kerry thinks all of our problems can be solved if we’ll just get rid of Donald Rumsfeld, so he is urging all of his supporters (including me, as I’m on his mailing list), to sign some dump Rumsfeld petition. I have pasted this obnoxious e-mail below. I think this e-mail, as well as his questioning of Dr. Rice today, could easily pass for satire. Surely a guy who ran for president wouldn’t be this embarrassing without trying to. Oh, sorry, that’s right. I almost forgot about Algore — who, incidentally, they say is gearing up for another run in 2008, as I wrote about earlier. Here’s the Kerry e-mail. Maybe you can get yourself on the list.

Dear Supporter,

I have just come back from Iraq. After several months consumed by the campaign trail, I wanted to make contact with our soldiers on the ground there. The first thing I want you to know is that, in very difficult circumstances, our brave soldiers are serving America with enormous skill and great courage.

In the Senate, we have a duty during times like these to hold our Defense Department accountable for the well-being of our troops. It’s one of the ways that our democracy makes our military the strongest in the world. And I can’t tell you how comforting it is as a soldier to know even if you don’t have a say over your own situation, the folks back home do.

I knew our soldiers were still facing hold ups getting the equipment they need, but I wanted to see it for myself. American troops deserve the best gear and equipment we can provide. But adequate vehicle armor remains in short supply.

A soldier who spoke up about these problems was told by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, “you have to go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.”1 Well, it’s been over two years since Rumsfeld planned this war. And whether he has the army he wants or not, he should at least have basic armor for army vehicles.

I’ll say this in the Senate, but I’m asking you to add your voice to mine:

“President Bush, for the sake of our troops, replace Rumsfeld now.”

More than 500,000 called for Rumsfeld to resign during the presidential campaign. I’m renewing my call now — please renew yours too, and forward this email to friends to bring them on board. Add your name to mine here, and add your voice to mine by speaking out in your community as I will do in the US Senate for as long as it takes to remove Secretary Rumsfeld from his post:

It’s a question of competence. Poor planning at the Pentagon is letting American soldiers down. According to the National Intelligence Council, the CIA director’s think tank, Iraq is now providing the next generation of “professionalized” terrorists with “a training ground, a recruitment ground, [and] the opportunity for enhancing technical skills.”2 Our troops need a capable Secretary of Defense. At the very least, they absolutely need that.

I believe that together, the three million of us who worked together on the campaign can help the troops. We not only have a right to speak out against failed Bush policies: we have a duty to defend this country from a President who refuses to recognize the total inadequacy of his own Defense Secretary. That’s how democracy works. And that’s why America has worked all these years.

The campaign season is over, but our citizenship continues. I know from personal experience that citizens and Senators standing up for the truth can be a powerful combination. Now, with email and the Web as citizenship tools, we can make ourselves heard even more clearly. And I can’t tell you how inspired I am that you and I are using these tools to fight side-by-side for the things we believe in.

One more time: please join me in my call for President Bush to fire Donald Rumsfeld. He’s the man responsible for the well-being of our troops. He’s neglected his duty. He’s made excuses. It’s time for him to go.

Add your voice to mine in the Senate in calling for President Bush to replace Rumsfeld today.

Thank you,

John Kerry.



1) Rumsfeld Blamed The Troops for Problems in IRAQ

Rumsfeld: “As you know, you have to go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want.” [CNN, 12/9/04]

2) Rumsfeld Admitted Bush Administration Was Not Prepared for Iraqi Resistance

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted that “I am saying that — if you had said to me a year ago, ‘describe the situation you’ll be in today, one year later,’ I don’t know many people who would have described it — I would not have described it — the way it happens to be today. … I certainly would not have estimated that we would have had the number of individuals lost that we have had lost in the last week.” [Rumsfeld News Conference, 4/15/04]

3) Rumsfeld Failed to Equip Troops in Iraq

Army Study Suggests One-Fourth of Casualties in Iraq Could Have Been Prevented If Troops Were Properly-Equipped at Beginning of War. Newsweek reported, “A breakdown of the casualty figures suggests that many U.S. deaths and wounds in Iraq simply did not need to occur. According to an unofficial study by a defense consultant that is now circulating through the Army, of a total of 789 Coalition deaths as of April 15 (686 of them Americans), 142 were killed by land mines or improvised explosive devices, while 48 others died in rocket-propelled-grenade attacks. Almost all those soldiers were killed while in unprotected vehicles, which means that perhaps one in four of those killed in combat in Iraq might be alive if they had had stronger armor around them, the study suggested. Thousands more who were unprotected have suffered grievous wounds, such as the loss of limbs.” [Newsweek, 5/3/04]

4) Rumsfeld Failed to Plan for Iraq War

In August 2003, the Joint Chiefs of Staff prepared a secret report assessing the post-war planning for Iraq. The report blamed “setbacks in Iraq on a flawed and rushed war-planning process.” It also said “planners were not given enough time” to plan for reconstruction. [Washington Times, 9/3/03]

5) Rumsfeld Failed To Sign Condolence Letters to Families of Soldiers Killed in War on Terror

ABC World News Tonight, “Now on the home front here, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is under fire from some military families and members of the Congress. They’re upset that he has used a machine to attach his signature to some letters of condolence. More than a thousand of those letters have been sent to families who have lost sons and daughters in the global war on terror.” ABC (Yang) added, “After Ivan Medina’s twin brother Irving an Army Specialist was killed in Baghdad last year he got a letter of condolence from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Today, Medina himself a veteran of Iraq said he was angered to learn that Rumsfeld never actually signed the letter or even saw it.” Medina: “Our commanders here in the United States who include the President and the Secretary of Defense don’t care about the troops. We’re just a number to them and that’s the wrong message to send back to our troops.” Yang: “In a statement Rumsfeld said he used a machine.” [ABC World News Tonight, 12/19/04]


1. MSNBC, January 13, 2005

2. CNN, December 9, 2004

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