Why can't Kerry just say directly what Rep. Bereuter is saying now to his Nebraska constituents:
"I've reached the conclusion, retrospectively, now that the inadequate intelligence and faulty conclusions are being revealed, that all things being considered, it was a mistake to launch that military action," Bereuter wrote in a letter to constituents in the final days of his congressional career.I think it's even Kerry's position, though he would have still voted to authorize force "if necessary, as a last resort"; he doesn't think launching the pre-emptive war we did was justified either. But he just doesn't seem willing to say it directly.
"Knowing now what I know about the reliance on the tenuous or insufficiently corroborated intelligence used to conclude that Saddam maintained a substantial WMD (weapons of mass destruction) arsenal, I believe that launching the pre-emptive military action was not justified."
Fareed Zakaria thinks Kerry's "nuanced" position is the right one, even though his statement that he would have still voted to authorize force if he knew then that there were no weapons is a "lie."