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Media Watch, 1
Friday, October 01, 2004
BUSH-KERRY, ROUND ONE
This was a debate shorn of gimmicks, canned one-liners, gotcha moments or even many light-hearted asides. It was as serious as the times in which this campaign is being waged. Bush and Kerry gave as good as they got and laid out for the country a choice between Bush's determination to stay on the course he has been following in Iraq or what Kerry said would be a genuine change in direction in policy there.The trouble with that change of direction is that Kerry himself doesn't seem to believe in the allies the US has already got.
He has called nations involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the ensuing reconstruction effort a "coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted". The members of this putatively disgraceful coalition include such important countries as Great Britain, Poland and Australia.And, after Kerry had accused Iraqi PM Allawi of pandering to Bush's political interests,
Kerry's chief spokesman Joe Lockhart then, exacerbated the Kerry campaign's error, saying in the LA Times:Kerry seems to be waiting for endorsement from Chirac and Putin.
That'll cost a lot more US corpses than a thousand.