Monday, April 19, 2004

Kerry - "I Regret Zapatero's Decision"

Even John Kerry can see the sheer stupidity of Zapatero's precipitate action, yet some people insist on defending this idiot's truly unilateral decision, in the very worst sense of the word, to announce the pullout of Spanish troops at the height of tensions in Falluja. All I can say is that I feel ever more clearly that it was Kerry that obtained the Democratic Party nomination and not a fool like Howard Dean.

President Bush scolded Spain's new prime minister Monday for his swift withdrawal of troops from Iraq and told him to avoid actions that give "false comfort to terrorists or enemies of freedom in Iraq."

Bush expressed his views in a five-minute telephone call with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who on Sunday ordered the 1,300 troops to return home as soon as possible.

Zapatero placed the call to Bush and the president "expressed his regret to President Zapatero about the decision to abruptly announce the pullout of Spanish troops from Iraq," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

"The president urged that the Spanish withdrawal take place in a coordinated manner that does not put at risk other coalition forces in Iraq," McClellan said.

"The president stressed the importance of carefully considering future actions to avoid giving false comfort to terrorists or enemies of freedom in Iraq," McClellan said.

Separately, Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, also deplored Spain's move.

"I regret Prime Minister Zapateros decision," Kerry said. "Spain and all the world have an interest in rebuilding an Iraq that is not a haven for terrorists and a failed state. I had hoped the prime minister would have reconsidered his position, and I hope that in the days ahead the United States and the world can work with him to find a way to keep Spain engaged in the efforts in Iraq."
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GOP partisans can make fun of Kerry for "looking French" all they want, but he's undoubtedly been articulating the stance of a grownup on this issue, particularly compared to many in his party. When an "ally" like Spain suddenly decides to pull out troops from Iraq at the very moment of greatest tension, well ahead of the June 30 date it claimed it was willing to wait for only 3 days before, that is most certainly not a good thing. Zapatero is a craven idiot who is wilfully endangering the lives of many others who aren't of Spanish nationality by giving courage to Islamic militants both in Iraq and elsewhere, and he's burning bridges with Washington while doing so - a fact that no token addition of a mere 120 troops in Kabul (of all places) can do anything to whitewash. Let us hope for his country's sake that protecting Spain from terrorism is a task that really can be as easily contained within Spain's borders as Zapatero wishes to believe.