[Marxism] Kerry would have gone to war

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 11 12:35:10 MDT 2004

Marvin Gandall wrote:
> I don't attach much credibility to what opportunistic politicians say in
> election campaigns -- particularly in Kerry's case, where he perceives his
> electoral fortunes, rightly or wrongly, to be dependent on adaptation to a
> segment of the voting population infected with a high degree of chauvinism.

Huh??? A clear majority of Americans now thinks the war was a mistake. 
Beyond that, 90 percent of the delegates at the DP convention thought 
the same thing. I wouldn't call Kerry an adaptationist at all. I would 
say that he is swimming against the stream. That is, if you exclude the 
sections of the United States that are outside the Washington, DC 
beltway and who don't have a signed autograph of Tim Russert.

> But there's no evidence whatever that the Democratic leadership saw an
> invasion of Iraq as a pressing necessity, much less that they were prepared
> to break with their closest allies and the UN to initiate one. 

I don't engage in alternative historical scenarios. I leave that to 
writers who think up plots like Germany defeating Great Britain in WWII, 
or Elvis alive and well in Albuquerque.


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