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January 01, 0001

from TomPaine.com

John Kerry's primary victories are mounting and "anyone-but-Bush" voters are hankering for a show-down with the Resident. The Massachusetts Senator's "bring it on" victory speeches get big-d Democrats fired up, but when it comes to foreign policy, Kerry is hardly the anti-Bush many are longing for.

As the jockeying begins among those who fancy a government job should Kerry beat Bush in November, it's never too early to give the hopefuls currently advising the candidate a serious look.

Consider Kerry's foreign policy advisers. Ask the candidate's supporters, and the advisor they mention first is Joe Wilson, the Clinton-era National Security Council member who investigated claims that Saddam Hussein was trying to buy weapons-grade uranium from Niger.

January 01, 0001

from World Socialist Web Site

In a speech Friday in Los Angeles, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the likely presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, attacked the Bush administration's management of the "war on terror" and declared that he would be a more effective-and more aggressive-"war president."

The bulk of Kerry's criticism of the Bush administration's foreign and military policy was from the right, not the left, a clear indication of the type of campaign the Democratic Party will wage for the November election. He referred disparagingly to "armchair hawks" in the Pentagon and White House, implicitly contrasting the lack of personal experience in warfare on the part of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz with his own experience as a Vietnam combat veteran.

January 01, 0001

The thought of another four years of a Bush presidency has led many on the left to adopt an "anybody but Bush" approach to this election. At this point, that means voting for the Democratic Party candidate Senator John Kerry. The following collection of articles explore (and expose) Kerry's position on war, globalization, oppression, and other issues of concern to those fighting for justice and liberation.

"It's Time to Get Over It": Kerry Tells Anti-War Movement
by Mark Hand

Another President for the [Israeli] Occupation?
by John Kerry

Bush Or Kerry?

January 01, 0001

Awasa, Ethiopia "The United States is Ethiopia's best friend in the world," more than one Ethiopian has told me in recent days. On this point, there seems to be much agreement. However, conversations this week from Moyale, on the Southern border with Kenya, to the capital city of Addis Ababa, have revealed mixed reactions to Ethiopia's recent invasion of neighboring Somalia. In the first days of the invasion, many expressed hesitancy, especially in the south of the country, where many people know or are related to Somalis. "My wife is Somali," one merchant in Moyale told me. "Of course I don't think we should be fighting them." Few people here believed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi when he said this week that this war was not inspired by the US.

January 01, 0001

The movement against the Vietnam War reached its pinnacle in 1972 when Senator George McGovern won the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination. His incumbent challenger was President Richard Nixon. McGovern’s platform primarily consisted of two things: withdrawing US troops from Vietnam and providing a guaranteed family income for every household. However, his candidacy fell well short of those lush lawns on Pennsylvania Avenue. He only garnered 37% of the popular vote-count and walked away with a measly 17 electoral votes. It was Nixon by a landslide.

McGovern may have lost the election, but his vision of pulling out troops and bringing back American POWs proved to be more than just a fantasy.