Campaigning today, President Bush said, "In the debate Senator Kerry said something revealing when he laid out the Kerry Doctrine. He said America has to pass a 'global test' before we can use American troops to defend ourselves. Senator Kerry's approach to foreign policy would give foreign governments veto power over our own national security decisions. I take a different view. When our country is in danger, the President’s job is not to take an international poll. The President’s job is to defend America. I work every day with our friends and allies for the sake of freedom and peace, but our national security decisions must be made in the Oval Office, not foreign capitals."
In that speech, President Bush touched on the one and only consistency in Sen. Kerry's 20 years of voting in the Senate and 2 years of campaign statements.
What the President was too polite to say is that Kerry has made this statement many times since it was first published as his quote in The Crimson when he was in college many years ago. Kerry said it a little differently then. He said if he was President, he would never take the country to war without the approval of international allies. It's interesting that he was thinking of running for president even then -- and it probably explains why he managed to take a movie camera to war so that he could be pictured in the jungles of Viet Nam. Of all the men I know who served in that war, not one brought home movies of himself in the war. But I digress.
Mr. Kerry's single committment to consistency is one of the most lethal (to our country) positions.