Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Bob Woodward Sez: "John Kerry is afraid to answer questions, the little bitch!"

OK, the headline's a bit hyperbolic, but the fact remains that John Feckless Kerry who constantly yelps that he'd do a better job in fighting the War on Terror has dodged Woodward - a definite non-conservative who has shared custody of the mounted head of Richard Nixon with Carl Bernstein - and won't even agree to be interviewed with an advance list of questions! (You'd think that Team Kerry could make up some answers for the boss, but I guess that didn't happen.)

At the end of last year, during 3 1/2 hours of interviews over two days, I asked President Bush hundreds of detailed questions about his actions and decisions during the 16-month run-up to the war in Iraq. His answers were published in my book "Plan of Attack." Beginning on June 16, I had discussions and meetings with Sen. John Kerry's senior foreign policy, communications and political advisers about interviewing the senator to find out how he might have acted on Iraq -- to ask him what he would have done at certain key points. Senior Kerry advisers initially seemed positive about such an interview. One aide told me, "The short answer is yes, it's going to happen."

In August, I was talking with Kerry's scheduler about possible dates. On Sept. 1, Kerry began his intense criticism of Bush's decisions in the Iraq war, saying "I would've done almost everything differently." A few days later, I provided the Kerry campaign with a list of 22 possible questions based entirely on Bush's actions leading up to the war and how Kerry might have responded in the same situations. The senator and his campaign have since decided not to do the interview, though his advisers say Kerry would have strong and compelling answers.

Woodward then prints the list of questions that we're supposed to take John Kerry's word that he'd be able to do a better job on. After we elect him. Convenient, no?

Flip the script: Would you tolerate this sort of evasion from Dubya? If not, why are you supporting a weasel who can't/won't answer the questions directly related to his claim to power?

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