Kerry was Against an Iraq Coalition Before He Was for It
Right now Kerry is championing an Iraq coalition, but as Iowahawk reminds us, he wasn’t all that fond of impromptu Iraq coalitions under Bush.
Kerry called the Iraq War coalition, a “trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted.”
That would be the coalition for the war that he was in favor of, before he was against it.
Now Kerry is calling for a new coalition for Iraq. This one presumably won’t be trumped up, bribed, coerced or extorted. Or maybe it will. Because that’s life.
Kerry and the rest of the Dems pretended that they opposed any war based on anything less than full UN Security Council support. That was a lie and it was always a lie.
After Bush, Obama went on to fight in Libya without UN approval for regime change. Kerry supported that Coalition of the Willing.
The problem with the Dems at war or against war is that they have no fixed standards. They are entirely willing to say anything and do anything when it serves their interests.
And that’s true of more than just war.
Obama opposed executive orders and raising the debt limit when Bush was in office. He now abuses them in ways that Bush would never have conceived of.
While Republicans support air strikes on ISIS without accusing Obama of being an insane warmonger, if Mitt Romney were in the White House, you just know that suddenly there would be anti-war rallies broadcast on every news channel and a long line of Democrats would be appearing on Sunday news shows to warn that Romney is just making things worse and needs to let the UN handle it.