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The Kerry Principle

Kate Zernike writes:

Mr. Kerry now describes the war in Iraq as a mistake, even though he once supported it. His critics say they believe the new stand reflects more politics than principle, and ignores other Democrats' concern that setting a fixed date will leave those in tough re-election fights open to Republican taunts that they are "cutting and running" in Iraq. [emphasis added]

In truth it's exactly the opposite: Kerry voted in favor of the Iraq war because he felt it was the politically expedient thing to do at the time knowing he was going to run for President. His entire history, from his post-Vietnam protests to his vote against the Gulf War in 1991, demonstrates Mr. Kerry's principles quite clearly.