Yesterday on Meet The Press, Senator John Kerry admitted that his vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq was “a mistake” and took full responsibility for his vote. He went on to call the vote his only regret in his years in the Senate.
That Senator Kerry would say this is unremarkable, considering the overwhelming evidence, three years later that the war was a mistake. However, considering that nearly the entire Republican party, along with several Democratic “leaders” (including the junior Senator for New York) continue to defend their vote in the face of the facts on the ground, let’s give Senator Kerry his due. We only wish he had the courage to cast his vote correctly the first time, or barring that, say what he said yesterday back in 2004. We might be facing a very different situation in Iraq if he had.