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Kerry: US Must Talk Talk To Syria, Iraq

From those lovers of terrorism at Reuters:

Senator Kerry urges dialogue with Iran, Syria

Thu Dec 14, 2006

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2004, said on Thursday the U.S. administration should talk to Syria and Iran.

Kerry also told reporters in Cairo he believed U.S. policy in the Middle East was in trouble, partly because the United States had failed to listen to people in the region.

He cited Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s advice in 2002 that a U.S. invasion of Iraq would lead to disaster. "Frankly, more people should have listened to him," he said after talks with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif.

"It’s very important for countries to talk to each other, even when you disagree. We have serious differences with Syria right now, we have serious differences with Iran, but you can’t begin to resolve those differences if you’re not willing to try to understand.. I think it’s important to begin a discussion," said Kerry, a Massachusetts senator.

Kerry left the United States on Wednesday for a nine-day visit of the Middle East, including Iraq, and a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but not a visit to Iran.

Fellow Democratic senator Bill Nelson of Florida met Assad in Damascus on Wednesday and said he saw an opening for dialogue with Syria.

President George W. Bush, who has resisted pressure to hold talks with Syria and Iran, issued a statement on Wednesday calling on Syria to "immediately free all political prisoners" and "cease its efforts to undermine Lebanese sovereignty".

Washington accuses Syria of allowing weapons and fighters to cross the border into Iraq, which Syria denies.

Lest we forget, Kerry was adamantly for invading Iraq and removing Saddam back even before Mr. Bush was elected President.

Mr. Kerry and other Senate Solons sent a letter to President Clinton on October 9, 1998:

CONCERN OVER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IRAQ

October 9, 1998

Mr. President,

Today, along with Senators McCain, Lieberman, Hutchison and twenty-three other Senators, I am sending a letter to the President to express our concern over Iraq’s actions and urging the President, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs

Kerry is on record giving making numerous calls for the overthrow of the Saddam regime. And of course he also voted for the invasion of Iraq.

And, as we have pointed out, Mr. Kerry has a history of seditiously and illegally negotiating with the enemy, even the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, while he was still in the Naval Reserves.

But perhaps Mr. Kerry believes that the public (like the military) are too stupid to remember such petty details.

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