I see a story this morning that almost brings me to tears: Kerry Doesn’t Share Dean’s View on Spain,
“Presidential candidate John Kerry said Wednesday he does not share fellow Democrat Howard Dean’s position that President Bush’s decision to send troops to Iraq appears to have been a factor in the Spanish train bombing.”
Even though, as Dean had pointed out, THE BOMBERS say they did it because of Iraq:
A man who identified himself as an al-Qaida spokesman said on a videotape that the bombings were in retaliation for Spain’s backing of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
The Republican statement asks Kerry to repudiate Dean, and others who “blame America” for the attacks by opposing Bush’s war on Iraq:
“If Senator Kerry understands the nature of this threat and the need to take on terror, then he should immediately repudiate these troubling comments, and stop all efforts on behalf of his surrogates to blame America for these attacks,” said Racicot, former governor of Montana.
And then Kerry DOES repudiate Dean (and me, and all the others who oppose Bush)? Like I said, brings me to tears. It was a short throw-away story, maybe I read it wrong. Maybe Kerry actually stood up for Dean, and me, and criticized Bush’s war on Iraq for contributing to what happened in Spain, and the story had it wrong.
Update – I think a good answer for Kerry would have been, “I don’t believe that a mature person in a position of responsibility would say something as stupid and dishonest, or would accuse a respected national leader like Howard Dean of blaming America. Statements like that divide us and diminish America, and I am surprised that you would repeat it. So I am not going to respond.”