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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: John Kerry's Attacks On Prime Minister Allawi
Sen. George Allen (R-VA): Kerry Is Welcoming Allawi With "Arrogant, Derogatory Insults." Allen: "John Kerry must not have listened to Prime Minister Allawi’s impressive and motivating speech about the future of Iraq and the fight against terrorists. While Dr. Allawi is leading with resolve for the first elections and prosperity for the long repressed Iraqi people, John Kerry welcomes this brave gentleman with arrogant, derogatory insults. All Americans should be grateful and applaud Dr. Allawi's courageous, principled efforts in the face of dastardly remnants of Saddam's regime and other terrorists, rather than resorting to political posturing."
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): Kerry's Attack On Allawi Was An "Embarrassment." Cornyn: "Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi yesterday thanked the American people for freeing his country and noted that four conspiracies to kill him have been uncovered in the past four weeks. In response, John Kerry met him with derision and accused him of lying. This political attack was an embarrassment to John Kerry and his campaign."
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN): Kerry Lacks An "Understanding About The Importance Of Strong Leadership During These Strategic Times. Coleman: "Prime Minister Allawi’s address before a joint session of Congress was not only historic, but delivered a clear message: our cause is just, and we must continue our collaborative war against the forces of terror. Senator Kerry’s efforts to grab a headline by attacking this courageous leader of a liberated Iraq once again demonstrates his lack of understanding about the importance of strong leadership during these strategic times."
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC): "John Kerry Is Preaching Defeat And Retreat In The Face Of Terror." Dole: "While President Bush is demonstrating resolve and determination, John Kerry is preaching defeat and retreat in the face of terror. By attacking Prime Minister Allawi, Kerry is playing politics at the expense of those bravely moving Iraq toward democracy. Americans are not going to trust a candidate who attacks Iraq's interim prime minister for political benefit."
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO): "If Mr. Kerry Is Looking For A Flip-Flopper In This Election, He Just Needs To Look In The Mirror." Blunt: "Last winter, John Kerry said politicians who don't believe the world is safer without Saddam Hussein in power lack the 'judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president.' Now he's developed yet another position on the war he voted for - asserting that the world is 'less secure' with Saddam in a jail cell and accusing the Iraqi prime minister of changing positions on the progress in Iraq. It is the height of hypocrisy for Senator Kerry to accuse a man who puts his life on the line every day to bring democracy to Iraq of changing positions. If Mr. Kerry is looking for a flip-flopper in this election, he just needs to look in the mirror."
Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV): John Kerry Is Demonstrating His "Troubling Lack Of Judgment." Gibbons: "John Kerry's effort to undermine the Iraqi prime minister and the situation in Iraq is sending the wrong message to our allies, insulting the accomplishments of our troops and demonstrating Kerry's troubling lack of judgment. The reality is that nearly 100,000 Iraqi soldiers, police officers and security personnel are trained and equipped to bring security to their country. I visited an Iraqi police academy in February and saw firsthand the progress that John Kerry refuses to acknowledge."
Rep. Peter King (R-NY): Tommy Franks Says Kerry Is Wrong In Claiming Iraq Diverted Resources From Afghanistan. King: "Kerry is contending that liberating Iraq diverted resources from Afghanistan, but Tommy Franks says he's wrong. American's aren't going to trust the word of a senator who has never visited Iraq since the war began over the general who commanded our forces there."
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