Thursday, October 28, 2004

Two great letters in The Weekly Standard

In the Oct 18 Weekly Standard Bill Kristol wrote an article tited, Never: Never have the American people elected as president a candidate with a record on national security issues resembling that of John Kerry

This week, two readers have terrific letters to the editor,

THE CHALLENGE for William Kristol's succinct editorial "Never"
(Oct. 18) must have been how to choose among Senator John Kerry's many unique
negatives. I therefore must add another "never before" item, because it still
stuns me.

Last year, Kerry described the 30-plus nations who comprise our coalition in Iraq as a "trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted."

I have a history question for WEEKLY STANDARD readers: Has any American politician--never mind presidential candidate--ever managed to heap more brazen contempt on more close allies with fewer words?

G. Kendrick Macdowell
Washington, DC

WILLIAM KRISTOL missed one on his "never before" theme: Never before has the
United States elected a president whose speeches were once piped into the cells
of American POWs for the purpose of demoralizing them.

Kirk O. Kolbo
Minneapolis, MN


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