One of the bigger lies that we have been subjected to in this presidential campaign is that John Kerry has changed his position on Iraq many times, while George Bush has been a rock of constancy. Actually the reverse is true.
President Bush first told us we had to invade Iraq because of the threat of looming "mushroom clouds." When weapons of mass destruction could not be found, his story switched to a supposed link between Iraq and al-Qaida. When the 9/11 Commission Report shot that down (no "credible evidence"), his story changed once again - to getting rid of a brutal dictator. That is all well and good, but how many of us would have sacrificed 1,000-plus American lives (and many thousands more wounded) on such a project?
John Kerry's position has been clear from the start. He voted in October 2002 to grant the president authority to use force in Iraq should Saddam Hussein continue to refuse to comply with UN weapons inspections. The leverage offered by this threat actually got UN weapons inspectors back into Iraq and they were doing their work when President Bush, anxious to meet a pre-determined spring invasion schedule, cut short their inspections and invaded. The UN secretary-general has recently called this act - supposedly done in the name of his organization - "illegal."