Saturday, October 02, 2004

Kerry's "Global Test"??? 

So, the right-wingers and the Bush campaign are trying to make hay out of Kerry's use of the two words "global" and "test" next to each other during the debate. The Bush campaign is claiming that Kerry's position is that he would only engage in a preemptive strike when such a strike would be approved by the majority of other countries in the world. Indeed, the Bush campaign even released a new ad entitled "Global Test" that says in part:
"The Kerry doctrine: A global test. So we must seek permission from foreign governments before protecting America? A global test? So America will be forced to wait while threats gather? President Bush believes decisions about protecting America should be made in the Oval Office, not foreign capitals."
Geez, I don't want my president to seek permission from foreign governments before protecting America, do you? But, wait! Could it be that the Bush campaign is lying about what Kerry said? Shockingly, the answer is yes. Here is Kerry's quote from the debate, fully in context:
LEHRER: What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war?

KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.

No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.

But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.[Emphasis added]
So, it's pretty obvious that Kerry is saying that any preemptive strike must make sense. Sounds like a decent test to me. Just to make sure, let's print here the third definition for "global" found at Webster's online:
3 : of, relating to, or applying to a whole (as a mathematical function or a computer program) [a global search of a file]
Now, I bet that, when confronted with the truth, right-wingers and other Bush-supporters will say, "Well, Kerry still used a stupid word so he should be expected that Bush will use it against him." But they will be wrong. Why? (1) Because, it's clear what he meant to anyone with a brain, and (2) you never should "open yourself up to" or "expect" attacks made up of blatant lies.*

*Recall the favorite defense of the Scumbags for Bush ads which stated, "Well, Kerry opened himself up for attacks on his Vietnam service by showcasing it so much." Legitimate attacks, yes; lies, no way.
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