Kerry Fisks Self

Stephen Green and Steven Den Beste both take apart John Kerry’s statements on the Iraq War in this TIME interview. As Green notes, it virtually Fisks itself. I especially love this one:

TIME: So, if we don’t find WMD, the war wasn’t worth the costs? That’s a yes?

KERRY: No, I think you can still—wait, no. You can’t—that’s not a fair question, and I’ll tell you why. You can wind up successful in transforming Iraq and changing the dynamics, and that may make it worth it, but that doesn’t mean [transforming Iraq] was the cause [that provided the] legitimacy to go. You have to have that distinction.

I’m glad we cleared that up.

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  1. Norbizness says:

    I myself prefer the moral clarity of “What’s the difference?”

  2. I think the Trudeau line fits here: “Senator, we need a verb.”

  3. Paul says:

    “that’s not a fair question” ??????? that’s not a fair question???????

    If he thinks a simple question from a reporter is “not fair” what the hell is he going to do when he has to make REAL decisions involving U.S. Policy? I have news for Senator Waffle. When you are President of the United States you have much harder questions to answer. And you can’t tell North Korea “that’s not a fair question.”