The Fraud at the FleetCenter
Patrick J. Buchanan
August 2 2004
By morning of the day John Kerry accepted
his nomination, it was clear the Kerry Party at the FleetCenter was
perpetrating a fraud on the delegates and on the nation. And many in the
Big Media were going along.
Consider. Among the more than 4,000 delegates, two passions were
predominant: detestation of Bush and hostility to his Iraq war.
Delegates were as united in their desire to get out of Iraq as they were
to get out of Vietnam at the McGovern convention of 1972.
Yet, in primetime speeches, George W. Bush's name had barely even been
mentioned. And, on the Iraq war, Sen. John Edwards, the vice
presidential nominee, declared, "We will win this war because of the
strength and the courage of our people."
"We will win this war," Edwards said. Kerry has said he would be willing
to send additional U.S. troops.
But what if Kerry and Edwards win in November and it becomes clear that
for America to win in Iraq will require more than the 140,000 troops
already there? Will Kerry, who would then be leading a nation that
already believes this war was a mistake, and a party that believes it
was an unnecessary and unwise – if not unjust and immoral – war, be able
to unite their party and the country behind the commitment of thousands
more of America's young?
Would Howard Dean and Teddy Kennedy, both of whom opposed the war, back
a Kerry war policy? Would the black leaders of the party like Jesse
Jackson, Al Sharpton and Charlie Rangel, who want the troops home now,
support sending more troops to fight to win this war? Would President
Carter support more U.S. ground forces?
These are not academic questions. There is a 50-50 chance Kerry and
Edwards will win, and America will face that situation in January. For
it appears today that if we are not willing to commit additional U.S.
forces, for a longer time than previously thought, we cannot win the
The day Edwards declared the United States will "win" this war, a
suicide bomber in Baquba killed 68 Iraqi police recruits and wounded 58
in one of the deadliest attacks since the war began. Nor was that the
sole incident on Edwards' big day.
As the Associated Press reported, "Elsewhere U.S. and other forces were
caught in fierce gun battles ... including a fight with militants who
are thought to have entered from neighboring Iran." In that battle, 42
died on both sides, 10 Iraqi security police were wounded and 40 enemy
were captured. A Polish major would not say whether the captured enemy
combatants were Iranians.
The AP story continues: "Nearly 1,000 Iraqi civilians and security
personnel have been killed or wounded in guerrilla attacks since the
U.S.-led coalition handed power to an Iraqi government, a senior U.S.
official told Reuters news agency."
In The American Conservative for Aug. 30, foreign-policy scholar Andrew
Bacevich writes: "History suggests that one precondition for defeating
guerrillas is overwhelming numerical superiority, with a ratio of 10:1
traditionally cited as the minimum requirement. Even counting the
fledgling Iraqi army, allied contingents (some of dubious quality) and
the modern-day mercenaries known as private contractors,
counterinsurgent forces available in Iraq today fall well short of that
A year ago, U.S. Gen. John Abizaid estimated there were 5,000
insurgents. Since then, U.S. forces have killed and captured thousands.
Yet official estimates of enemy strength are now at 20,000, and the
incidence of attacks on U.S. troops and our Iraqi allies is continuously
"How many U.S. troops," asks Bacevich, "do we actually need to pacify
Iraq, a landmass the size of California, with long, open borders and an
increasingly alienated population of 25 million? A quarter of a million
soldiers – almost twice the number currently deployed – would not be too
While he admonishes America's generals not to replicate the moral
failure of Vietnam – refusing to tell civilian superiors what was needed
to win – Bacevich suggests it is also a time for truth for the White
House: "Either the Bush administration needs to get serious about
winning the war that it so recklessly sought in Iraq, or it needs to cut
Kerry and Edwards, too, need to tell us how much blood and treasure they
are willing to expend on a democratic Iraq, how many more troops will be
needed and for how long, and what are the chances of victory. And we
need to be told before November.
We need to be given a cold, hard, honest assessment of what we hope to
gain there, and what it will cost this nation, so we can decide whether
or not we wish to pay that price. We need an honest election. This
week's fraud at the FleetCenter failed the test.
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