Kerry Was Right, Again

Robert Elisberg has another one of those post-2004 stories which shows that Kerry was right. This time it is regarding nuance:

When John Kerry ran for President against George Bush, one of the major issues that GOP pundits had with him was that he was “nuanced.” Oh, my, they had a lovely field day about that. Nuance, hahaha. This isn’t a nuanced world, they laughed. It’s black and white, and George Bush knows that.

John Kerry wants to nuance it. That’s what’s wrong with John Kerry, they tittered. Nuance.


Last week, the one man left who George Bush is relying on to protect his back in Iraq, General David Petraeus, made his latest plea for support, saying he’ll come back in September with a report on the progress of the Surge. And how does he – the man George Bush is putting all his reliance on – plan to describe that report?

“People always want to get a sense of thumbs up or thumbs down,” the General said. “What I’d like to provide is a nuanced paragraph. And what we’ll end up with is something in between.”

Gee. Go figure. Nuance.

The man – no, not just any man, but a tough-as-nails Army General, no less – right there in the middle of the Iraq War, one of George Bush’s beloved “soldiers on the ground” (indeed, THE soldier on the ground), the General who supposedly knows the situation in Iraq better than anyone in the world…he says the situation in Iraq is “nuanced.”

No doubt Republicans are laughing their keisters off and ridiculing the apparently Frenchified General Petraeus. No doubt GOP talk-show airwaves are heated up, ripping Monsieur le General endlessly about his dapper, high-toned outlook at the fighting. No doubt Administration officials will be making speeches deriding such an out of touch military leader whose brain has gotten not just fried, but French fried. Either than, or all their bile is choking in their throats.

Considering that former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd recently wrote an unpublished op-ed piece titled “Kerry Was Right” about withdrawal from Iraq, this ongoing post-approval of John Kerry by Administration insiders must be galling to the Radical Right. (Or “gaulling,” as the French like to say.).

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