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In Senate debates and media interviews over the years, John F. Kerry has repeatedly returned to three axioms on the use of military force: Win as much allied support as possible before going to war, listen to advice from the professionals, and, most significant, heed the many lessons of the Vietnam War.
NATO and the United Nations appear to be touchstones for the Democratic nominee, not just the troublesome hurdles that they appear to be to President Bush. In speeches over the years, Kerry repeatedly has denounced unilateral action.
A more recent theme for the senator from Massachusetts has been the importance of listening carefully to military advice. It is a subject he touched on in the past but seems to have emphasized more in the current campaign as he discusses the stormy relationship the Bush administration has had with the Army, particularly with Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, who was that service's chief of staff until last year.
Why is it when ever Kerry talks someone has to explain what he meant?
Originally posted by Otts
I think he meant that it wasn't the United States'
place to decide alone what was going to happen
in Bosnia, and that U.S. soldiers shouldn't be sacrificed
to the recklessness of a U.S. administration bent on
going it alone.
Originally posted by jrsdls
KERRY: "Well, it depends what you mean by that, Frank. If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no. So, I think it's a question of where you place the interest." (CNN's "Late Edition," 4/17/94)