John Kerry was on Imus this morning. The transcript is here.
He said Bush didn’t send enough troops to Iraq:
These guys have failed America. The people who owe an apology are people like Donald Rumsfeld, who didn’t send enough troops, who didn’t listen to the generals, who has made every mistake in the book.
and also that Bush sent too many troops to Iraq:
John McCain says we ought to send another 100,000 troops over there. First of all, we don’t have another 100,000 troops. Secondly, if you send them over there, it’s going to do exactly what’s already happened, which is attract more terrorists and more jihadists. Our own generals are telling us that it’s the numbers of troops that are the problem.
The trouble with John Kerry is not that he deliberately insulted the troops — a claim I consider dubious in light of the entire video. Rather, his trouble is that he and his party have no alternative to Bush’s policies.
They have only one consistent message: Bush is wrong.
Without a coherent alternative, I don’t think that’s a winning message.
P.S. Although it doesn’t make much sense to me as an argument, I suppose he may have meant that we sent too few early on, and have too many there now. He is known for nuance, after all . . .
P.P.S. Allah noted this contradiction earlier.
UPDATE: I inserted the word “deliberately” above to make the point clearer, in response to an on-point comment from nk.