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I will be curious to see if Democrats lambast Putin in the same way they took Cheney to task when he said basically the same thing. Or maybe, the Kerry campaign will have a different spin. I can see it now...

Kerry: "Why Does Anyone Care What the World Thinks?"

Boston (HC) - October 18th - The Kerry campaign today released a statement in response to Valdimir Putin's claims yesterday that international terrorists would be emboldened by a Bush defeat this November.

"Maybe George Bush wants you to think that what world leaders think is important, but he simply wants to divide America," Kerry said in the statement. "As I have repeatedly said throughout this campaign, in every debate and speech, the world's opinion is completely irrelevant to this election." He went on to say, "I simply cannot understand why anyone cares what the world thinks of the United States or our President. It's irrelevant, absolutely irrelevant."

In response to Japanese leaders' criticisms of Kerry last week for his lack of support for multilateral talks with North Korea and well-wishes for President Bush in the polls, the statement said, "America does what we want, and those Japanese had better keep quiet if they don't want me to revive Truman's foreign policy approach to Japan once I'm in the White House."

In addition, responding to rumours of his excommunication from the Catholic Church, Kerry's statement went on to say, "Again, world opinion, who cares? If you go to my web site, you can read my plan for a better church, a church that I will lead." While no such plan could be found on the Kerry campaign website, when contacted by telephone and asked about possible church/state separation issues with his plan, Kerry responded that, "I think we should really leave that up to the states."

Kerry continued, "You see, in this new church, this better church, there won't just be eternal life in the hereafter, but through stem cell research, we can achieve immortality." The calls was interrupted by the apparent sound of a tussle in Kerry campaign office followed by a dead line.

John Edwards was not available for comment, although he is rumored to be fixing his hair as he prepares for a series of fundraisers for a 2008 primary campaign.

In case you hadn't caught the main story that sparked that piece...

Russia's Vladimir Putin, while certainly opposed to military action against Iraq, at least has the honesty to say what should be fairly obvious about the continuing violence in Iraq which seems to have increased as we have moved progressively closer to our election: terrorists are trying to damage Bush politically. [via Yahoo]
"I consider the activities of terrorists in Iraq are not as much aimed at coalition forces but more personally against President Bush (news - web sites)," Putin said at a news conference after a regional summit in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.

"International terrorism has as its goal to prevent the election of President Bush to a second term," he said. "If they achieve that goal, then that will give international terrorism a new impulse and extra power."
While Putin certainly did not endorse, per se, it is hard for me to believe that he thinks the consequent of Bush's defeat giving "international terrorism a new impulse and extra power," is a desirable outcome.

In other news of Kerry's incredible ability to form alliances with other countries, the Italians are rankled about the broadcast this week of another of Kerry's comments prior to the Iraq war that, "The Iraqi army is in such bad shape even the Italian army could kick their butts." While this again speaks to Kerry's apparent lack of respect for a broad swath of nations, I found it particularly strange, as most Americans usually reference the French army as synonymous with emasculated weakness on the battlefield. [Town Hall] [Snippet and link from Italian paper here.]

In all fairness to Kerry, he has picked up the endorsement of the Palestinian Authority, as well as that of fomer Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir "The Jews Rule the World" Mohamad. No wonder even The New Repbulic's editor is down on Kerry. [Powerline also picks up on the interesting endorsement pattern.]

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