So far, the warm-up acts for Big Jawn have been pretty consistent. Everyone from Babs Boxer to Joe Biden are suddenly worshipping at the altar of the military. Too bad they were nowhere to be found when the military needed support in the past twenty years and more. Carl Levin assured us that Mr. Kerry will never let troops be sent to war to preempt terrorists unless there was proof beyond reasonable doubt that the threat of an attack was imminent. And Levin knows, from his decades viewing it, that intelligence will never be that good.
Barney Frank thanked the Dems in behalf of the “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” (and whatever else is there) community for their support. (Frank demands that homosexuals be able to serve openly in the armed services, and seemed to be asking for Mr. Rumsfeld’s job in a Kerry administration. So far, it’s a toss up between him and Claudia Kennedy). Kweisi Mfuming said that Kerry would never send troops in harm’s way without telling them the truth about why they were being sent there. Then there was Wes Clark, who has turned it all upside down. But only for a few minutes.
Clark — at first — hewed to the party line set by his boss, Bill Clinton, saying that we need to cooperate more with out allies, making more friends and fewer enemies. But then he did an abrupt “to the rear, march,” and double-timed into the statement that we’re going to destroy the terrorist threat to America. It was good. It was rousing. It was entirely false.
What we’re about to hear — for what is predicted to be an intolerable amount of time — will be Mr. Kerry’s devotion to multilateralism. Kerry has said he will abandon the Bush policy of preemption. His policy will be “get shot first and ask questions later.” He wants to be buddy-buddy with Kofi just like Bill was. We’ll hear a lot out of Mr. Kerry, maybe even some code words to cloud his European view of the world. Clark took a lot of funny bounces in the primary campaign. This was another one. Pay him no mind. He’s only there for show: to help Kerry lose gracefully and pave the way for the Big She in ‘08.