Bill Kristol believes that John Kerry’s reaction to the 9/11 commission’s report (or, more precisely, the media characterization of the report) represents a major moment in the presidential campaign. Says Kristol, “until last week, [Kerry had] been running a disciplined general election campaign, carefully suppressing his left-leaning foreign policy instincts, soberly emphasizing his commitment to fighting the war on terror and to seeing through the effort in Iraq. Then he couldn’t resist the temptation to jump on the (misleading) press accounts of the (sloppy) 9/11 Commission staff report, in order to assault the Bush administration on the issue of terror links between Saddam and al Qaeda.”
It doesn’t take much to get Kerry “off-message” when it comes to foreign policy, does it?
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