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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
 

Kerry's Grand Canyon gaffe - an explanation at last


It's water under the bridge - or through the Canyon - but completeness, or anorakness, demands the noting of an explanation from the Boston Globe for Kerry's completely unnecessarily cack-handed explanation for his vote on the Iraq war resolution (last mentioned here on September 29).

(It's a 7,500 word wrap of the campaign from the Globe under hed On the trail of Kerry's failed dream.)

The opening grafs:
On the afternoon of Aug. 9, John F. Kerry stood on the lip of the Grand Canyon, about to make one of the biggest mistakes of his three-year quest for the presidency. A stiff wind was blowing across the canyon, and Kerry, whose hearing was damaged by gun blasts in Vietnam, had trouble understanding some of the questions being thrown his way. But he pressed on, coughing from the pollen blowing on the breeze.

Would Kerry have voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, one reporter asked, even if he knew then that Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction? "Yes, I would have voted for the authority; I believe it's the right authority for a president to have," Kerry replied, as aides stood by, dumbfounded.


It's the hearing-aid, stupid.

According to the Globe,
Kerry was his own handler on Iraq, aides said, and he seemed to draw on his Vietnam experience. "He had a deep, personal aversion to saying plainly that Iraq was a mistake and [that] he would not have gone to war," said one adviser, explaining that Kerry was concerned about the impact on troops in the field. "Coming to grips with that truth, I think that was probably his biggest problem."

One of those pesky anonymice, you'll notice - and no attempt at an explanation of the reasons for granting him - or her - anonymity.


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