October 24, 2004

Kerry's 22 questions

Charles at Little Green Footballs links to an interesting article by Bob Woodward. From Mr. Woodward's article: bq. The role of commander in chief is clearly one of the president's most important jobs. But a presidential campaign provides voters little opportunity to evaluate how a candidate would handle that role, particularly if the candidate isn't an incumbent. bq. 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." bq. 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. In other words, Kerry weaseled out of the interview because he didn't like the questions he might be asked... Woodward's article then goes on with the 22 questions. Some interesting ones and ones that I would like to hear Kerry's answer on. I have three questions of my own: * Why is it that Kerry will not meet privately with reporters? * Why hasn't Kerry signed the Standard Form 180 and released his military records into the public domain? * What is his plan for foreign policy and for dealing with terrorists? I would like to know these. Posted by DaveH at October 24, 2004 5:47 PM