BUsh keeps saying "Kerry saw the same intelligence I did"
But if that's true, something is very, very wrong. The President has clearances the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee do not have. Ordinarily, the President sees the names of sources. The Senate Intelligence Committee does not. Legally, the Senate Intelligence Committee CAN-not. But of course, it may be true that Bush sees the same intelligence as the Senate Intelligence Committee. and somebody else REALLY makes the decisions.
But beyond that, there's a difference between believing the President SHOULD have authority to threaten war, and, as the President, abusing that authority by going to war unprepared, and lying about why. There's a difference between believing the President should have the authority to go war, and going to war while being completely wrong in every reason you give to do so.
However, in one particular way, I hold Kerry MORE accountable for HIS poor decision to GIVE Bush this authority, than I do Bush for HIS poor decision to GO to war.
Kerry's BEEN to war. He's BEEN in combat. He was in contact with Army generals in 2002. He KNEW Bush was already massing troops to go to war. He KNEW it cost millions of dollars a day just to keep our Army stationed to invade. He KNEW we were completely unprapred to occupy a country the size of Iraq. And he KNEW Bush didn't have a fucking clue about combat, war, or occupation.
Bush is an ignorant fool.
Kerry is neither. Why did he vote to give a man he KNEW to be an ignorant fool that authority? His given reason is 'I felt that was the authority the President should have.' Well-reasoned. Heart-felt. But WRONG.
THIS president should not have had that authority. Kerry argues Bush lied to us. Kerry dealt with Bush on regular basis. Is it fair to asked, should he have KNOWN Bush was lying?
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.