Saturday, October 09, 2004

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

I've heard quite a lot of good buzz about Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry, and I've pitched this title before. It's headed direct from theaters to DVD, and hits the street on Monday, Oct. 18.

Many of us started out as ABBers - anybody but Bush. Over the course of time, after learning more about the very honorable lifetime of public service by John Kerry, and after reading the Kerry / Edwards plan for America, I'm very sold on John Kerry's credentials to lead this country.

I know there are some folks who frequent ASZ and other sites in Left Blogistan that still fall into the ABB column, and are not convinced that Kerry will be the step-change that America needs to get back on track and lead the world.

I'd like to convince the ABBer's otherwise.

The last two presidents came from governor's mansions direct to the White House. While Bill Clinton was certainly more worldly than George Bush, experience and background in foreign diplomacy has been sadly lacking for the past 12 years. Clinton, however, surrounded himself with career diplomats to advise him in foreign policy. He was also a quick learner (as you would expect of a Rhodes scholar). George Bush surrounded himself with synchophants and neocon think tank policy wonks whose only concepts of foreign relations emanated from the "playground bully" school of diplomacy.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but this country (and indeed, the world) needs a seasoned, measured leader of America who can mend the fences that have been blown to smithereens since 9/11/01. I've come to believe that John Kerry is truly that guy. If grace under fire is the measure of the man, Going Upriver demonstrates the grace and leadership that America so desperately needs.

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