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Peter King Questions John Kerry's Credibility - When He Has None of His Own

Reported by Janie - December 1, 2005

Yesterday (11/30), Dayside hosts welcomed Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D - OH) and Peter King (R - NY) onto the show to discuss Bush's "Victory in Iraq" speech. The hosts chose to show a clip of Senator John Kerry's (D - MA) rebuttal to the speech and asked Peter King for his reaction to Kerry's comments.

JK: "General Casey said very clearly that it is the large presence of American forces on the ground that feeds the insurgency and makes it more difficult for the Iraqis to assume responsibility because they don't have to. Our own Generals are telling the President that our presence in large numbers is part of the problem and that you have to begin to reduce that. The President did not acknowledge that today but gave us the same talk…"

MJ: "As he goes on there, Representative King, why don't you respond to the fact that our presence there is the problem with the insurgency."

PK: "That's why John Kerry has no credibility. Obviously, he has taken that completely out of context. General Casey has never said we should withdrawal our troops one day earlier than is necessary, or is absolutely required."

Comment: I don't think King should be discussing credibility here since he's flat out spinning. Casey never did say that the troops should be pulled out earlier than necessary, but when IS necessary? According to CNN.com: "Gen. George Casey submitted the plan to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. It includes numerous options and recommends that brigades -- usually made up of about 2,000 soldiers each -- begin pulling out of Iraq early next year" (Emphasis mine).

King continued: "The fact is that all of us know the longer American troops are there, it's a problem, but it's more of a problem if they're withdrawn. That's true anytime there's any type of occupation (Emphasis mine). Some of our troops are in Germany after 60 years, the fact is we don't want to stay there one day longer than we have to, we're not going to stay there one day longer than we have to. General Casey has also said, if we take our troops out too soon, it's going to be a disaster."

Comment: Well, at least a Republican finally admitted the Iraq war is an "occupation", despite this comment completely going over the head of the Dayside audience.

Credibility is not one of King's strong suits apparently, and his comments were left completely unchecked.

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