“Let there be no doubt or confusion about where we stand on this. I will support a multilateral effort to disarm (Hussein) by force, if we ever exhaust … other options … If we do wind up going to war with Iraq, it is imperative that we do so with others in the international community. If he fails to do so, I will be among the first to speak out.”
So said John Kerry almost two years ago.
It turns out that when one looks at hundreds of statements about Iraq that Kerry has made over the past two years, there isn’t really any record of flip flopping.
Oh, and on the notion that Kerry should be ridiculed for suggesting that his decision to authorize the President to use force was not the same thing as suggesting the use of force was appropriate at that moment or under the circumstances of the time, there’s this:
“If you want to keep the peace, you’ve got to have the authorization to use force. It’s a chance for Congress to say, ‘we support the administration’s ability to keep the peace.’ That’s what this is all about.”
That was W’s comment in September of 2002.