Kerry fickle on issues

Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 11:27 p.m.

This week's front runner in the Democratic presidential nomination process, John Kerry, has had a long career in politics, and thus has a long record of votes and decisions to be scrutinized.

What is troubling is not Kerry's record of accomplishments, but his record of conflict - or perhaps more appropriately put, his ''numerous actions of political convenience'' that have come to light in recent weeks.

Kerry has long defended his vote to go to war against Iraq in 2002 as "the right thing to do," but has stated that he did not approve of the actions taken by President Bush in the aftermath of congressional approval.

Yet, in 1991, when an ally of the U.S. was invaded by Iraq, Kerry, like many other Democrats, was against U.S. action. In 1991, it was not politically popular for a Democrat to promote the use of force against Iraq. In 2002, in the aftermath of 9/11, it was.

In the early 1990s, Kerry proposed cuts in intelligence spending, which was the politically popular action at the time. Yet, after 9/11, he assailed the lack of intelligence capabilities in the United States and wondered why our intelligence agencies were not better funded.

John Kerry has alternated his position on other key issues, ranging from global warming, to the death penalty for terrorists, to Medicare funding.

While Kerry has done positive things in his career, his tendency to change his beliefs based on what is politically convenient demands that voters hold him up to the light of leaders present and leaders past before making a decision.

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