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How Do You Ask a Thing to Be the Last Mistake in a John Kerry Speech?

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Har. Har. Funny guy! Murder is so " so " killer! Bwahahahaha! Obama fought against ending the occupation of Iraq tooth and nail. The Bush-Maliki treaty, the Iraqi government, the Iraqi people, Bradley Manning, and WikiLeaks ended it, with no help from you. You proclaim that a "war of choice" is fought by "heroes," when legally it is fought by criminals. You preach revenge and call it justice. You preach violence and joke about it. And you wonder why we didn't work to put you in the White House!

"Barack Obama promised always to stand with Israel to tighten sanctions on Iran -- and take nothing off the table."

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Meaning he's threatening war, including nuclear war, in violation of the law. Why should a president on one country promise to always follow the government of another country, even into war?

"Again and again, the other side has lied about where this president stands and what this president has done. But Prime Minister Netanyahu set the record straight -- he said, our two countries have 'exactly the same policy"' -- 'our security cooperation is unprecedented...' When it comes to Israel, I'll take the word of Israel's prime minister over Mitt Romney any day."

Is obedience to the Israeli government in the Revised Constitution just after the Kill List and Indefinite Detention?

"President Obama promised to work with Russia to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and signed an historic treaty that does just that. He promised to lock down nuclear materials around the world, and he has done just that. He refused to accept the false choice between force without diplomacy or diplomacy without force. When a brutal dictator promised to kill his own people "like rats," President Obama enlisted our allies, built the coalition and shared the burden, so that today -- without a single American casualty -- Moammar Gadhafi is gone and the people of Libya are free."

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Nuclear weapons and energy continue to expand. Diplomacy with force is not diplomacy. It's force. When a brutal dictator long supported by the United States, including by Obama, made it onto the kill list and killed some of his own people, Obama went in and killed more of his people, leaving Libya the bloody anarchic disaster it is now. Obama did this in violation of the will of the Congress, not even bothering to tell Congress lies and gain an authorization of any kind. Because no Americans were directly at risk, Obama's lawyer told your committee that the bombing would be neither war not hostilities. You apparently bought that. Now presidents can drop non-hostile bombs on people without Congressional authorization any time they see fit. Nice work, soldier!

"So on one side of this campaign, we have a president who has made America lead like America again. What is there on the other side? An extreme and expedient candidate, who lacks the judgment and vision so vital in the Oval Office. The most inexperienced foreign policy twosome to run for president and vice president in decades."

Wait, which is which? Are you sure Romney and Ryan are worse than your team? You're probably right, but what is indisputable is that your team is always getting worse than your team used to be, while the other team is getting worse than it used to be. That one is worse than the other is a different argument from all your bullshit about freedom and glory.

"It isn't fair to say Mitt Romney doesn't have a position on Afghanistan. He has every position. He was against setting a date for withdrawal -- then he said it was right -- and then he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave this soon. He said it was 'tragic' to leave Iraq, and then he said it was fine. He said we should've intervened in Libya sooner. Then he ran down a hallway to duck reporters' questions. Then he said the intervention was too aggressive. Then he said the world was a 'better place' because the intervention succeeded. Talk about being for it before you were against it!"

Helpful of you to remind us of that phrase. Your guy and your party's platform were for civil liberties and the rule of law four years ago. Your guy was against unconstitutional war before he was for launching one on Libya, and before he unilaterally armed Syrian terrorists. I don't care if you change positions, if you do so in response to public demands for peace and justice. What bothers me is that you always change your positions for the worse in response to the demands of your funders.

"Mr. Romney -- here's a little advice: Before you debate Barack Obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with yourself! 'President Mitt Romney' -- three hypothetical words that mystified and alienated our allies this summer. For Mitt Romney, an overseas trip is what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas. It wasn't a goodwill mission -- it was a blooper reel. But a Romney-Ryan foreign policy would be anything but funny. Every president of both parties for 60 years has worked for nuclear arms control -- but not Mitt Romney. Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger to Baker, Powell to Rice, President Bush, and 71 United States senators all supported President Obama's New Start treaty. But not Mitt Romney. He's even blurted out the preposterous notion that Russia is our 'number one geopolitical foe.' Folks: Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska; Mitt Romney talks like he's only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV. So here's the choice in 2012. Mitt Romney: out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad and out of the mainstream. Or Barack Obama: a president who is giving new life and truth to America's indispensable role in the world; a commander-in-chief who gives our troops the tools and training they need in war, the honor and help they've earned when they come home; a man who will never ask other men and women to fight a war without a plan to win the peace."

Raise your hand if you can dispense with America's indispensible role in the world. Some families in Yemen sure can. Whole villages in Pakistan are ready to dispense with it ASAP. Dozens of nations around the world, our economy, our civil liberties, our natural environment, and those who could spend $1.2 trillion per year on something more useful than war preparation are eager to dispense with the madness of militarism right now. It's funny, Obama, early in 2009, sent his first 17,000-troop escalation into Afghanistan prior to developing any plan for Afghanistan, leaving the impression that escalation was, somehow, an end in itself.

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"And let me say something else. No nominee for president should ever fail in the midst of a war to pay tribute to our troops overseas in his acceptance speech. Mitt Romney was talking about America. They are on the front lines every day defending America, and they deserve our thanks."

No matter what they do!

"Some of us from a prior war remember coming home was not always easy. President Obama has made it his mission that we welcome our troops home with care, and concern, and the respect they deserve. That is how an exceptional nation says 'thank you' to its most exceptional men and women. Mitt Romney says he 'believes in America' and he'll restore 'American exceptionalism.' I have news for him: We already have an exceptional American as president -- and we believe in Barack Obama!"

And let me say, belatedly, thank you, Senator, for slaughtering the people of Vietnam.

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at and and works for the online (more...)

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