Today's San Francisco Chronicle provides an interesting (and, to me, not surprising) analysis of the unsupported "flip-flopping" charges by the Republicans' against Senator John Kerry. You can read the entire article, here, including excerpts from some of Kerry's speeches regarding the war; and, here are a couple of highlights.
Yet an examination of Kerry's words in more than 200 speeches and statements, comments during candidate forums and answers to reporters' questions does not support the accusation.
As foreign policy emerged as a dominant issue in the Democratic primaries and later in the general election, Kerry clung to a nuanced, middle-of-the road -- yet largely consistent -- approach to Iraq. Over and over, Kerry enthusiastically supported a confrontation with Saddam Hussein even as he aggressively criticized Bush for the manner in which he did so.
Kerry repeatedly described Hussein as a dangerous menace who must be disarmed or eliminated, demanded that the U.S. build broad international support for any action in Iraq and insisted that the nation had better plan for the post-war peace.
...[T]aken as a whole, Kerry has offered the same message ever since talk of attacking Iraq became a national conversation more than two years ago.
On another note, yesterday I stayed up until 1:15 am and read all 214-pages of the matter of desire: a novel by Edmundo Paz Soldán ~ you know, the book I blogged about yesterday. I can't tell you much more about the story or I will give away too much (harumph, the story of my life, no?). Soldán included a lot of Spanglish in the dialogue which I like ~~ my friends know how often I say things like, "Ai, que fancy!". Anyway, You should buy this book ~~ these are some of my favorite bon mots from the text:
Sometimes he talked to me about his inventions. One day he surprised me by telling me about his elaborate project to invent a radio that could capture the voices of the dead. Voices, he said, that were floating someplace in the past, it was just a matter of finding out how to reach those frequencies.
"There's no reason for media to aim only at the present -- that's limiting. The past and the future have to be thought of as well, they have to be reached."
He was talking about technological spiritualism, and I thought how ironic it was that progress had also come to the supernatural. I asked him to be more specific.
"Do you think the past disappears completely? That the future is formed out of nothing as soon as the present dissolves? Somewhere, in different coordinates, the past survives intact and the future is waiting for its entrance."
"Technology is a fetish of mine. I internet-trade while I listen to music on my Nomad and there's a poster of Marcos at my back. The only thing I know for sure is, acepta tus contradicciones. I have a lot of them and stopped trying to be consistent a long time ago. That'll come with time, I guess. Y si no, tough luck"
"Yo no tengo tenure."
"To the question, why, te digo why not?"
...what assurance did I have that she wouldn't do to me what she'd done to Patrick?
None. Love is measured by the absence of calculation and reasoning. If I thought about the consequences, I was still very far from measuring up to the bar Ashley had set for me. Love wasn't about being a poet and a mathematician at the same time. It was about being just a poet.