WASHINGTON (AP) –: Offering a simple, “Thank you America,” Iraqi interim prime minister Ayad Allawi declared Thursday that his country is moving successfully past the war that ousted Saddam Hussein and vowed that elections will take place next year as scheduled.

“‘Today, we are better off, you are better off, the world is better off without Saddam Hussein,’ Allawi said. He added: ‘Your decision to go into Iraq was not an easy one, but it was the right one.'”

Of course John Kerry had a different take, in the far leftist Guaradian :

“The prime minister and the president are here obviously to put their best face on the policy, but the fact is that the CIA estimates, the reporting, the ground operations and the troops all tell a different story”

Uhh…. Hey, Johnboy?  Would this be the same CIA who you now claim was so very wrong in it’s assessment of what was going on in that country? NOW, you’re willing to take their word for it, over the leader of the nation in question?

Marc Racicot said it best, I think:

“”Today, John Kerry showed he lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the United States of America to victory in the War on Terror.

“His attacks on the veracity of the Iraqi Prime Minister’s historic address to Congress reveal a stunning propensity to take political cheap shots for his own benefit by denigrating our allies in this important struggle against a global terror network. President Bush is proud to stand with Prime Minister Allawi while John Kerry attacks progress and resolve and advocates a policy of retreat and defeat in the face of terror.

“John Kerry said today, ‘And when you people judge me and the American people judge me on this, I want you to judge me on the full record.’ We’re confident the American people will.”

Way to win the friendship of those foreign leaders, there, Johnboy…

Meanwhile, Captain Ed has been watching the security situations in Iraq, and notes:

“In a coup that will act to deaden John Kerry’s latest Iraq broadsides, like calling the visiting Prime Minister of Iraq a liar, George Bush won agreement from NATO to supply training for new Iraqi security forces in Baghdad.”

Now, Kerry will undoubtedly say Mr. Bush is late to the party with this move.. but will ignore how long such agreements take to set up within NATO. ` The people however, know better, and as Racicot says, will vote accordingly.

Captain Ed also brings to the table that NATO is already over-extended in terms of actual troops, so the only use they would be is training…. which Mr. Bush is doing….and of course political squabbling here in the states.. which Mr. Kerry is doing.


My read?
Game, Set, Match, President Bush.