Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says it’s evident the Bush Administration has been blindsided by conditions in post-war Iraq.Kerry says “soldiers are being lost every day in Iraq because (the U.S.) didn’t have a plan in place in order to secure it properly.” Kerry says it’s time to “minimize the sense of American occupation” and get troops from other countries on the ground in Iraq. Kerry, who is a Vietnam veteran, says it is “inexcusable” that the President didn’t have a plan to “win the peace” in Iraq “more effectively.” Kerry says “the question is how many young Americans have to die in the process of getting it right.” Kerry says he’s impassioned about the subject because when he looks at the Vietnam War Memorial in D.C. he sees about half the names on that wall were soldiers who died because the top leaders in the U.S. government and military were unwilling to do what was right and pull out of Vietnam. Kerry made his comments on Iowa Public Television. Also this weekend during an appearance in Ottawa, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich restated his view that the war in Iraq was an unjust war.
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