George Will: 20 Questions for Kerry
George Will, rather than cranking out an actual column today, combs through John Kerry’s platform and poses a bunch of questions. Among them:
Regarding military action, your platform says “we will never wait for a green light from abroad when our safety is at stake.” But the platform’s preceding paragraph denounces President Bush’s “doctrine of unilateral pre-emption.” If unilateralism is wrong, are you not committed to some sort of “green light from abroad”?
Your platform says: “A nuclear-armed Iran is an unacceptable risk.” But Iran’s radical Islamist regime is undeterred by diplomatic hand-wringing about its acquisition of nuclear weapons, which may be imminent. Is pre-emptive military action against Iran feasible, or are its nuclear facilities too dispersed and hardened? What would you do other than accept Iran as a nuclear power?
The easily distressed abortion rights groups were distressed when you said that your faith teaches you what elementary biology teaches everyone: life begins at conception. But you say personhood does not. Fine. When does it? What are its defining attributes? Does, say, an elderly person with dementia have it, and hence a right to life?
You oppose, on federalism grounds, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. You say marriage law is traditionally a state responsibility. But so was abortion law for the Republic’s first 197 years, until 1973. What is the difference?
Fair questions all. Of course, I’m not sure I’ve heard an answer to the IRan question from President Bush, either.