Kerry's flip flops (NOT beachwear)

  1. Friday, April 16, 2004
    John Kerry's Flip Flops

    Flip-Flopped On Iraq War

    Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted Yea.)

    In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)

    Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)

    Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman, Edwards and Gephardt? Are you one of the anti-war candidates?" KERRY: "I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 1/6/04)

    Flip-Flopped On Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class

    Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples. "Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report," 10/23/03)

    Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)

    But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote #154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)

    Flip-Flopped On Patriot Act

    Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162, CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry Voted Yea)

    Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)

    Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time. I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)

    Kerry Took BOTH Sides On First Gulf War

    Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf war, much like he did this time around. Consider this 'Notebook' item from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline 'Same Senator, Same Constituent': 'Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991] 'Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31 [1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics, The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)

    Flip-Flopped On Gay Marriage Amendment

    In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court, but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships. We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect on so many of our fellow residents. ... We are therefore united in urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)

    Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment. "Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility. 'I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan, "Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On 'Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe, 2/6/04)

    Flip-Flopped On Attacking President During Time Of War

    In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began. "Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts ... said he will cease his complaints once the shooting starts. 'It's what you owe the troops,' said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. 'I remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home. If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)

    But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His Pledge. "'What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,' Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us Needs Its Own 'Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)

    Flip-Flopped On Death Penalty For Terrorists

    In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996 Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)

    In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The 'Snoozer' Had Some Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)

    But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)

    Flip-Flopped On No Child Left Behind

    Kerry Voted For No Child Left Behind Act. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #371: Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)

    But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words 'No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make 'Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)

    Kerry Trashed NCLB As 'Unfunded Mandate' With 'Laudable' Goals. "Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an 'unfunded mandate' with 'laudable' goals. 'Without the resources, education reform is a sham,' Kerry said. 'I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The [Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)

    Flip-Flopped On Affirmative Action

    In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as 'one kind of progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the focus on a rights-based agenda has 'inadvertently driven most of our focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but ... toward an inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive because it creates a 'perception and a reality of reverse discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke, "Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)

    In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action "Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it. I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)

    Flip-Flopped On Ethanol

    Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3, 3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

    Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)

    Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 38-10; D 18-32; I 1-0, 4/25/02 Kerry Voted Nay; S. 14, CQ Vote #208: Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)

    On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to." (MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA, 11/24/03)

    Flip-Flopped On Cuba Sanctions

    Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R. 927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D 33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted Nay)

    In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a reevaluation of relations with Cuba was 'way overdue.' 'We have a frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the region,' Kerry said. ... 'It speaks volumes about the problems in the current American electoral process. ... The only reason we don't reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly, "Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)

    Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions, lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)

    Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry said he believes in 'engagement' with the communist island nation but that does not mean, 'Open up the dialogue.' He believes it 'means travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does not support 'opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker, "Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A 'Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The Miami Herald, 11/25/03)

    Flip-Flopped On NAFTA

    Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R 34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

    Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "'NAFTA recognizes the reality of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. 'Our future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)

    Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in 1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade agreements. 'If it were before me today, I would vote against it because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing," Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)

    Flip-Flopped On Double Taxation Of Dividends

    December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends. "[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)

    May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends. "Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut taxes on stock dividends. 'This is not the time for a dividends tax cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems' Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)

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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    You mean there's more? wouldn't all fit on the same page?

    Thanks for the link Beachnurse
  4. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from mkue
    You mean there's more? wouldn't all fit on the same page?

    Thanks for the link Beachnurse
    Glad to be of assistance.
  5. by   BadBird
    Sounds like a typical politician, tell the public what they want to hear in one group and change it for another, no wonder politicans have no credibility anymore. :angryfire
  6. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from BadBird
    Sounds like a typical politician, tell the public what they want to hear in one group and change it for another, no wonder politicans have no credibility anymore. :angryfire

    Agreed..but what exactly IS it that Kerry can offer? We still have no clue, other than a remarkably long history of credibility issues.
  7. by   Mkue
    When the anti-war crusaders wanted to stop the War in Iraq, President Bush didn't listen so I think that is just one example that shows President Bush doesn't blow with the wind.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    E.J. Dionne, Jr. - Washington Post Writers Group
    04.27.04 - WASHINGTON -- "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"

    It was the classic question posed by Joseph Welch to Sen. Joseph McCarthy 50 years ago during the red hunter's hearings investigating the Army for alleged communist influence. With his query, Welch, the Army's special counsel, began the undoing of McCarthy.

    Unfortunately, the question needs to be asked again. It needs to be posed to shamelessly partisan Republicans who can't stand the fact that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are facing off against a Democrat who fought and was wounded in Vietnam.

    Dick Cheney said in 1989 that he (in contrast to John Kerry) didn't go to Vietnam because "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service." While Kerry risked his life, Bush got himself into the National Guard.

    Funny, isn't it? When Bill Clinton was running against Republican war veterans in 1992 and 1996, the most important thing to GOP propagandists and politicians was that Clinton didn't fight in Vietnam. Now that Republican candidates who didn't fight in Vietnam face a Democrat who did -- and won the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts while he was there -- the Republican machine wants to change the subject.

    Thus the shameful display on the floor of the House of Representatives last week as one Republican after another declared that what mattered was not Kerry's service, but that he decided afterward that the Vietnam War was a terrible mistake for our country.

    The decorated combat veteran was transformed from a hero to "Hanoi John" in the phrase of Rep. Sam Johnson, a Texas Republican. Johnson deserves our gratitude for his seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. But his agenda last week had election year politics stamped all over it.

    Johnson declared that in speaking out against the war, Kerry showed "his true colors, and they are not red, white and blue." Kerry, Johnson said, was engaged in "nothing short of aiding and abetting the enemy."

    Rep. John Kline, a Minnesota Republican who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, argued that Kerry's service "does not excuse his joining ranks with Jane Fonda and others in speaking ill of our troops or their service, then or now." Thanks for your service, Mr. Kline, but that "then or now" part is demagogic: Yes, Kerry three decades ago criticized what our troops were asked to do in Vietnam. But have you ever heard Kerry speak ill of our men and women under arms in Iraq?

    The Republican agenda is obvious: to distract attention from the contrast between Kerry's service in a war theater while Bush and Cheney stayed home.

    It seems to be a habit. When Bush faces a Vietnam War hero in an election, a Vietnam veteran perfectly happy to trash his opponent always turns up. In the case of Ted Sampley, the same guy who did Bush's dirty work in going after Sen. John McCain in the 2000 Republican primaries is doing the job against Kerry this year.

    Sampley dared compare McCain, who spent five years as a Vietnam POW, with "the Manchurian Candidate." Now, Sampley says that Kerry "is not truthful and is not worthy of the support of U.S. veterans. ... To us, he is 'Hanoi John."' Is that where Sam Johnson got his line?

    One person who is outraged by the attacks on Kerry is McCain. When I reached the Arizona Republican, I found him deeply troubled over the reopening of wounds from the Vietnam era, "the most divisive time since our civil war." He called Sampley "one of the most despicable characters I've ever met." McCain said he hoped that in the midst of a war in Iraq, politicians "will confront the challenges facing us now, including the conflict we're presently engaged in, rather than refighting the one we were engaged in more than 30 years ago."

    McCain recalled that he had worked with Kerry on "POW/MIA issues and the normalization of relations with Vietnam" and wanted to stand up for his war comrade because "you have to do what's right." Speaking of Kerry, McCain said: "He's my friend. He'll continue to be my friend. I know his service was honorable. If that hurts me politically or with my party, that's a very small price to pay."

    Now that McCain has spoken, will Bush have the guts either to endorse or condemn the attacks on Kerry's service? Or will he just sit by silently, hoping the assaults do their work while he evades responsibility? Once more, Welsh's words call out for an answer: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"

    (c) 2004, Washington Post Writers Group
  9. by   fergus51
    I LOVE McCAIN!!!! Why can't the Republicans have him run for president?!!! Why?! I would vote for a Republican presidential candidate if they would just field a good one! It's so frustrating..... He's someone willing to just tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Much more integrity than a man who would sick his dogs on his opponents and then play innocent.
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from mkue
    When the anti-war crusaders wanted to stop the War in Iraq, President Bush didn't listen so I think that is just one example that shows President Bush doesn't blow with the wind.
    "How many times must the cannonballs fly
    Before they're forever banned?

    "At least 725 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. Up to 1,200 Iraqis also have been killed this month."

    Apr 28, 3:06 PM EDT
    Gun Battles Resume in Fallujah After Dark

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Gun battles between American forces and insurgents resumed in Fallujah on Wednesday night, with an AC-130 gunship firing its cannons on targets in the Iraqi city after a day of fighting in several areas. The nighttime fighting raised more smoke over the city.
    During the day, fighting erupted in at least three parts of the city.

    In the afternoon, U.S. forces dropped 10 laser-guided bombs, including a 1,000-pound bomb, against buildings guerrillas were firing from, Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne said.

    Marine units moving into a position in southeast Fallujah came under fire, wounding one Marine in the shoulder, Byrne said.

    Warplanes were called in and dropped the laser-guided bombs, he said.

    Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John F. Sattler, director of operations for U.S. Central Command, said estimates suggest the Marines face about 1,500 insurgents in Fallujah.
    They seem to be a loose federation of Iraqis and foreigners, Saddam loyalists and jihadists, Sattler said. Officials have not identified any single leader.
    Sattler said the Marines' goal is not to conquer Fallujah but to "establish law and order" throughout the region.
    "The intent is to drive out the extremist elements inside the town and return stability to the town, so the Fallujan people can get on with their lives and move toward a fair and representative Iraqi government," he said.
    U.S. Marine patrols into Fallujah originally scheduled to begin Thursday will be delayed a day to allow more training, a U.S. commander said after three days of fighting in the city. Asked if the delay until Friday was due to the fighting, Byrne said, "I don't know."

    Gunfire and mortar blasts could be heard for more than an hour from southwestern Fallujah in the afternoon, then three thunderous explosions shook the area as warplanes circled overhead. Two black plumes of smoke rose over the area, as heavy machine-gun fire continued.

    Despite three straight days of battles, including a Tuesday night attack that produced dramatic TV video of explosions lighting the sky, U.S. officials say they are pushing ahead with negotiations to resolve the Fallujah standoff rather than launch an all-out offensive. Iraqi police took up posts in parts of the city, laying the groundwork for the Marine patrols.
    "Most of Fallujah is returning to normal,"
    President Bush said at the White House. "There are pockets of resistance and our military, along with Iraqis, will make sure it's secure."
    After sunrise, at least eight destroyed houses could be seen in the Golan neighborhood. Hospitals reported Wednesday that only two people were wounded in the fighting.

    Militants, however, often do not evacuate their casualties to hospitals fearing that the injured could be arrested by American forces.

    "We're going to continue to push the political track as far as it's going to take us. And if it doesn't take us far enough, we're prepared to use military means," Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt told ABC's "Good Morning America."
    He stressed at a briefing that the cease-fire was continuing and that Marines were not taking offensive actions but were "in a series of defensive responses" to the insurgents.
    In southern Iraq, meanwhile, gunmen ambushed a Ukrainian convoy outside the city of Kut, barraging it with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. One Ukrainian was killed and two wounded, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. Kimmitt said a second coalition soldier later died from his wounds in that attack.
    Shiite militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr succeeded in driving Ukrainian peacekeepers out of Kut earlier this month, but U.S. troops later swept into the city, pushing out most of the militiamen.
    U.S. troops aiming to capture al-Sadr and suppress his militia began Wednesday to gradually expand their operations out of their base in the holy city of Najaf. Soldiers set up checkpoints on the road outside the base - the main route between the center of Najaf and the center of neighboring Kufa.
    The military is seeking to increase pressure on al-Sadr but is treading carefully, promising to stay away from sacred Shiite sites at the heart of the city. The base, where U.S. troops moved in earlier this week, is about three miles from the shrines.
    Attacks across the country are down, compared with the first two weeks of April, as U.S. officials try to find negotiated solutions at Fallujah and against al-Sadr. But violence still flares regularly.
    In northern Iraq, a U.S. soldier was killed in an ambush on troops responding to a roadside bombing, the military reported Wednesday. The Tuesday attack was near the city of Tel Afar, 240 miles northeast of Baghdad, where a bomb hit a coalition patrol.

    The soldier's death brought to 116 the number of U.S. servicemembers killed in combat this month, the bloodiest month for American forces in Iraq.

    At least 725 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.

    Up to 1,200 Iraqis also have been killed this month.

    Saddam Hussein's 67th birthday was Wednesday, his first in U.S. detention at an undisclosed location since being captured by American troops in December. In his hometown of Tikrit, there were no apparent signs of celebration, and schools and universities were closed.

    Outside Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a military convoy headed in the direction of Fallujah, killing or wounding at least two people. After the attack, a cargo truck was left with its tires shot out and windshield pockmarked with bullets.
    Pools of blood were on either side of the truck's cab, and U.S. soldiers at the scene said two casualties were taken away. Their nationalities were unknown.
  11. by   Hardknox
    Quote from fergus51
    I LOVE McCAIN!!!! Why can't the Republicans have him run for president?!!! Why?! I would vote for a Republican presidential candidate if they would just field a good one! It's so frustrating..... He's someone willing to just tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Much more integrity than a man who would sick his dogs on his opponents and then play innocent.

    I totally agree! I wanted him last election!!!
  12. by   Ted
    Quote from mkue
    When the anti-war crusaders wanted to stop the War in Iraq, President Bush didn't listen so I think that is just one example that shows President Bush doesn't blow with the wind.

    I think of it as not listening to the voice of reason.

    And by judging the policies, decisions and actions of this administration with regards to other issues like the economy, the government's role with its citizenry, the environment, healthcare, education, civil liberties, energy, and so on and so on, reasonable and sound thinking doesn't exist here either.

    Maybe this administration should do a little more listening. . . .

    Last edit by Ted on Apr 28, '04
  13. by   donmurray
    I thought it was GWB who was "crusading", not the protesters. He didn't listen to them because G-d was whispering in his ear.
  14. by   Energizer Bunny
    LOL @ Don! You're pretty good for a giggle now and then.