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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Kennedy calls the war on terror "George Bush's Vietnam"

Powell cautions Kennedy to be more "restrained and careful" in criticizing the war
AP/Newsday: WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell cautioned Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to be more careful in criticizing the war in Iraq after the Massachusetts Democrat called the conflict "George Bush's Vietnam."

Kennedy "should be a little more restrained and careful in his comments because we are at war," Powell said Tuesday on Fox News Radio's "Tony Snow Show."

Powell said debating the Iraq war was appropriate and an important part of American democracy. But, he said, "this is the also the time that we rally the nation behind the challenge that we face in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Kennedy said Bush misled the public about the war, the economy and education, compromising America's reputation at home and abroad.
CNN reports that an official with the Bush campaign "called the comparison between Bush and Nixon 'bizarre' " -- Roger Simon agrees:
When Teddy Kennedy compares this situation to Vietnam, I can only scratch my head. Partisan politics is one thing, but that's simply delusional. Ho Chi Minh wasn't supporting Hezbollah. What's he talking about? The man has carbohydrate poisoning.

See also Silent Running, for discussion of John Kerry's comment:
"There has to be a political, diplomatic solution which, regrettably, this administration seems stubbornly determined to avoid."

He called the absence of Arab neighbors as part of the stabilization force "staggering," saying, "All have a major stake in not having a failed Iraqi state, no matter how they feel about our getting there."
Like Silent Running's Wind Rider, I'm curious as to what this solution might look or sound like. I already don't like the way it smells.

Arab neighbors as part of the stabilization force? On which planet?