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John Kerry on Iraq

This is a page from the original version of Pagan Vigil. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at

What changed?

I was going through my quote file for another project, and I turned up this little gem.

I don't think anybody can deny that we would have liked it to have threatened force and we would have liked it to carry the term 'serious consequences will follow.' On the other hand, the coalition is together. I mean the fact is there is a unanimous statement by the Security Council and the United Nations that there has to be immediate, unrestricted, unconditional access to the sites. That's very strong language. And it also references the underlying resolution on which the use of force is based. So clearly the allies may not like it, and I think that's our great concern – where's the backbone of Russia, where's the backbone of France, where are they in expressing their condemnation of such clearly illegal activity? But in a sense, they're now climbing into a box and they will have enormous difficulty not following up on this if there is not compliance by Iraq.
     — John Kerry, CNN Crossfire, November 12, 1997

It makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Posted: Fri - June 3, 2005 at 05:18 PM

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