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Bob Woodward: Decision Iraq (Kerry Dodges Interview About Iraq)
Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2004 | Bob Woodward

Posted on 10/24/2004 12:19:13 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative

The role of commander in chief is clearly one of the president's most important jobs. But a presidential campaign provides voters little opportunity to evaluate how a candidate would handle that role, particularly if the candidate isn't an incumbent.

At the end of last year, during 3 1/2 hours of interviews over two days, I asked President Bush hundreds of detailed questions about his actions and decisions during the 16-month run-up to the war in Iraq. His answers were published in my book "Plan of Attack." Beginning on June 16, I had discussions and meetings with Sen. John Kerry's senior foreign policy, communications and political advisers about interviewing the senator to find out how he might have acted on Iraq -- to ask him what he would have done at certain key points. Senior Kerry advisers initially seemed positive about such an interview. One aide told me, "The short answer is yes, it's going to happen."

In August, I was talking with Kerry's scheduler about possible dates. On Sept. 1, Kerry began his intense criticism of Bush's decisions in the Iraq war, saying "I would've done almost everything differently." A few days later, I provided the Kerry campaign with a list of 22 possible questions based entirely on Bush's actions leading up to the war and how Kerry might have responded in the same situations. The senator and his campaign have since decided not to do the interview, though his advisers say Kerry would have strong and compelling answers.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: iraq; kerry; kerryiraq; woodward
What a wimp.
1 posted on 10/24/2004 12:19:13 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Indecision on Iraq. Indecision on the terrorists. That is what Kerry has to offer. The Americans are in danger of letting the American Zapatero deceive them like they were deceived by the wobbly Jimmy Carter in 1976.


2 posted on 10/24/2004 12:21:31 PM PDT by Jose Roberto
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To: West Coast Conservative

Will this article lead to the endorsement of President Bush by the Washington Post?


3 posted on 10/24/2004 12:22:05 PM PDT by OldFriend (It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given US freedom of the press)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Real CinC material there all right. NOT.


4 posted on 10/24/2004 12:22:12 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: West Coast Conservative

just like he said he would be glad to come on the O'Reilly Factor..and never has...


5 posted on 10/24/2004 12:22:19 PM PDT by scoastie
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To: OldFriend

nope..they have already endorsed Kerry...


6 posted on 10/24/2004 12:22:52 PM PDT by scoastie
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To: West Coast Conservative

Golly, Bob really nails Kerry for avoiding the interview...


7 posted on 10/24/2004 12:22:53 PM PDT by andyk
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To: West Coast Conservative
Let me be the first to say it.............

Cowardly is as Cowardly does.

8 posted on 10/24/2004 12:23:28 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: OldFriend

Wapo already endorsed effin.


9 posted on 10/24/2004 12:23:28 PM PDT by Cosmo (Got wood?)
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To: OldFriend

>>Will this article lead to the endorsement of President Bush by the Washington Post?<<

Haven't they endorsed anyone (sKerry) yet?


10 posted on 10/24/2004 12:23:30 PM PDT by sissyjane (Silk pajamas for dress up, and flannel for everyday-perfect Freeper wardrobe!!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

This should be a lesson learned for the Republicans. Even if you answer the Washington Post's questions on the most important issue of the election and your Democratic opponent doesn't, the Washington Post will still endorse the Democrat.


11 posted on 10/24/2004 12:24:02 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: West Coast Conservative

He would have started answering Woodward's 22 questions stating he was against the war and by question 22 he would have flipped flopped back to support for the war. There is no way he can remain consistent.


12 posted on 10/24/2004 12:24:12 PM PDT by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: OldFriend
Nope. The Washington Post endorsed Kerry today.
13 posted on 10/24/2004 12:24:50 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: OldFriend

In your dreams.


14 posted on 10/24/2004 12:26:38 PM PDT by dmw
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To: DoctorMichael

Yep! Kerry does as cowards do!


15 posted on 10/24/2004 12:27:55 PM PDT by dmw
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To: andyk
Golly, Bob really nails Kerry for avoiding the interview...

But it still won't stop him or his fellow travellers in the MSM from voting for Kerry, or from doing everything possible to bring down George Bush in this final week of the campaign.

16 posted on 10/24/2004 12:28:43 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (I've got a tagline, but I'm too lazy to type it out.)
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To: trashcanbred

It would have taken Kerry years to answer those questions. Woodward needed to start asking and getting answers sometime in early 2002.


17 posted on 10/24/2004 12:29:36 PM PDT by ml1954 (Kerry, A Legend In His Own Mind.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Hey Bob - you're supposed to be an investigative journalist, so ask Kerry about his plan to win friends & influence at the UN - by throwing Israel to the wolves.


18 posted on 10/24/2004 12:29:47 PM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: vbmoneyspender

True but the WaPo still presents Woodward's stinging report on Kerry's evasion and stands it in contrast to the openess with which the President responded to Woodward and granted him extensive access. The WaPo is a paper people actualy read, rather than line cages or litter boxes. This article is a harmful to Kerry as WaPo's endorsement is helpful. Maybe even more so since it's up on Drudge right now.


19 posted on 10/24/2004 12:31:55 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: West Coast Conservative

Since Bob Woodward is the darling of the MSM, I wonder how much play this little tidbit will receive on CNNCBSABCNBC... any?


20 posted on 10/24/2004 12:33:09 PM PDT by DaveMSmith (One Day at A Time || Blue Angel in PJs)
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To: conservative in nyc
The WAPO would endorse a mangy yellow dog if it was on the ticket as a DEMOC.
21 posted on 10/24/2004 12:33:10 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: dmw
There has been talk that the comPost was going to endorse President Bush.

If I am not mistaken, Woodward is the editor......which brought my question.

22 posted on 10/24/2004 12:34:57 PM PDT by OldFriend (It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given US freedom of the press)
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To: West Coast Conservative
"What a wimp."

Link to Linda's cartoon thread.

23 posted on 10/24/2004 12:36:11 PM PDT by Jackknife (.......Land of the Free,because of the Brave.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
If Woodward feels so strongly, why did he and his paper endorse Bush?

Bob Woodward is a real creep.

24 posted on 10/24/2004 12:37:37 PM PDT by what's up
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To: West Coast Conservative

Kerry THE COWARD has no plan for IRAQ:

This is a President Bush Talking Point.

Email this to:

BushCheney04@GeorgeWBush.com

president@whitehouse.gov

vice.president@whitehouse.gov

Chairman@gop.com,Info@gop.com

RNCommunications@gop.com,

brit.hume@foxnews.com,

dayside@foxnews.com,

Hannity@foxnews.com,

jim.angle@foxnews.com,

special@foxnews.com,

oreilly@foxnews.com

 

25 posted on 10/24/2004 12:38:00 PM PDT by crushelits
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I guess it wouldn't have been a rush to war if we took 16 months and one day...


26 posted on 10/24/2004 12:39:23 PM PDT by oolatec
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To: OldFriend

Yeah, it's just the way the ball bounces when it comes to MSM. Kerry and the democRATS can do no wrong. He will get the endorsement of most liberal newspapers just because they HATE Bush so bad. But it doesn't matter how hard they try to swing the election towards Kerry, Bush is gonna win by a landslide! ;-]


27 posted on 10/24/2004 12:45:03 PM PDT by dmw
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To: OldFriend

The WaPo has already endorsed Kerry. They're more interested in being invited to state dinners and the increased social scene in Washington, than in staying alive or in the lives of the 50 million people who have been liberated. We all know where the WaPos stand.


28 posted on 10/24/2004 12:47:40 PM PDT by McGavin999 (We have planted the seeds of democracy and watered them with our blood, now let freedom reign)
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To: Jose Roberto

Indecision on Iraq. Indecision on the terrorists.

That is his Plan he keeps talking about. Indecisiveness is KEY to his Plan.


29 posted on 10/24/2004 12:48:37 PM PDT by rineaux (hardcore for W04)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I think this article, with its list of things Bush did or did not do, is really intended to point out Bush's failures. It's just that the only way he could do this was to start out by appearing to be down on John Kerry for not accepting the interview. By the time the reader completes the piece, he'll be ranting about Bush, not Kerry.


30 posted on 10/24/2004 12:54:28 PM PDT by Another Thought
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To: West Coast Conservative

Question 23.

Why haven't you signed the SF180?

Why haven't you answered questions about your discharge?


31 posted on 10/24/2004 1:06:26 PM PDT by bitt (F'n, Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?)
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To: bitt

ask Bob about those questions he left off the list:

Bob Woodward: woodwardb@washpost.com
Assistant managing editor, reporter


32 posted on 10/24/2004 1:09:17 PM PDT by bitt (F'n, Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?)
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To: West Coast Conservative
The senator and his campaign have since decided not to do the interview, though his advisers say Kerry would have strong and compelling answers.

Best laugh I have had in a long time.

33 posted on 10/24/2004 1:13:47 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: West Coast Conservative

Well, permit me to say that this is a REALLY WIMPY HEADLINE, which does NOT inform readers that Kerry refused to talk about Iraq.

The article, too, is constructed so you have to read down into the third paragraph before you begin to understand what it is about--namely that Kerry dodged answering any questions.

I think Woodward let kerry off very easy with this.


34 posted on 10/24/2004 1:26:36 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: West Coast Conservative


"Would Kerry Have Done Things Differently?"

Why the title Bob? You asking us? It's your job to find out, your the reporter remember. The American public have been trying to figure that one out for quite some time. What's wrong, no deep throat to help you out.

Woodward should have blasted skerry for not doing the interview but he completely let him off the hook, just like the rest of the MSM. Worthless.


35 posted on 10/24/2004 1:27:56 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless President GWB and our Brave Troops)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Portrait Of A True Leader!

Kerry Demonstrates his method of the famous Goose Step


36 posted on 10/24/2004 1:30:03 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fiddlstix

The Post endorsed Kerry? And Kerry wouldn't answer Woodwards' questions? I'm cancelling my subscription.


37 posted on 10/24/2004 1:40:04 PM PDT by outofhere2
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To: outofhere2
......And Kerry wouldn't answer Woodwards' questions.....

Maybe he is just tired from all those flip-flops. Maybe he decided that it is easier to not answer than spend a lot of time flipping and flopping like a fish out of water.

38 posted on 10/24/2004 1:45:53 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: West Coast Conservative

At least Woodward brings a little bit of attention to this. John Kerry has gone through this election cycle without subjecting himself to anything more difficult than a Jon Stewart *ss-kissing interview for laughs. The press has ignored any vetting of this candidate: his 20+ year record in congress, his VVAW stuff, his many "plans", and all the lies he's been throwing about W.

Way to go, MSM. You've proven what you're good for: nothing.


39 posted on 10/24/2004 1:46:43 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: West Coast Conservative

I'm always skeptical of what Bob Woodward says or reports. I view him as someone who is more interested in promoting himself rather than being an honest reporter.

By the way, I am also skeptical of the Woodward and Bernstein claim of the real (not imaginary) existence of a "Deep Throat."


40 posted on 10/24/2004 1:48:46 PM PDT by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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To: West Coast Conservative
I'm sick and tired of hearing Kerry saying "I have a plan."

I wish President Bush should spend this last week asking: "What is your plan, Mr. Kerry?"

41 posted on 10/24/2004 1:53:53 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Fraud is the lifeblood of the Democratic Party)
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To: West Coast Conservative
this is too nuanced for me -
42 posted on 10/24/2004 2:03:36 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: West Coast Conservative

Kerry wouldnt answer the questions?!?
Classic! Shows really the lack of leadership at play here.


43 posted on 10/24/2004 2:13:04 PM PDT by WOSG (George W Bush / Dick Cheney - Right for our Times!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Hey Bob!

I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan!I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan!I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I gotta plan! I woulda formed a coalition. I could do it better.

Hey Bob! There's twenty two answers. so what more doya want?

44 posted on 10/24/2004 2:25:06 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: West Coast Conservative

I hear that he has a plan that is smarter, better, more sensitive, too.


45 posted on 10/24/2004 3:17:24 PM PDT by brooklin
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To: Another Thought

I agree with you. The questions as worded cannot be answered by an opponent, who has not been in the situation of actually making the decisions.

These questions are digs at the decisions made by Bush all along the way. - not consulting with certain people - not listening to other people, eg Powell - secret transfers of money - and on and on


46 posted on 10/24/2004 7:52:19 PM PDT by maica ( November 2nd is Vietnam Veterans' Day)
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To: Another Thought

I agree with you. The questions as worded cannot be answered by an opponent, who has not been in the situation of actually making the decisions.

These questions are digs at the decisions made by Bush all along the way. - not consulting with certain people - not listening to other people, eg Powell - secret transfers of money - and on and on


47 posted on 10/24/2004 7:53:37 PM PDT by maica ( November 2nd is Vietnam Veterans' Day)
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To: West Coast Conservative
The senator and his campaign have since decided not to do the interview, though his advisers say Kerry would have strong and compelling answers.

This would make me laugh if it weren't so pathetic.

48 posted on 10/24/2004 8:12:49 PM PDT by Angry Enough
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To: SandRat

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49 posted on 10/24/2004 8:38:05 PM PDT by kezekiel
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To: kezekiel; HiJinx; Spiff

ROTFLMAO!

NOW that's a WAPO candidate!


50 posted on 10/24/2004 11:02:38 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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