Response of John Kerry to Bush Blaming American Troops on U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln for his Stunt
President Needs to Take Responsibility, Come Up With Plan for Post-War Iraq
October 28, 2003
"George Bush has replaced Harry Truman's 'The Buck Stops Here' with 'Don't blame me, I only work here.' The President refuses to take responsibility not just for his taxpayer-funded landing on an aircraft carrier, but for the betrayal of our troops that his lack of post-war planning represented. Ask our troops in Iraq whether the mission has been accomplished. Ask our troops in Iraq whether they'd rather have had a fancy aircraft landing from the President or a responsible post-war plan to keep them safe. It's not our troops' fault that the White House turned over to media strategists and advance staff an occasion that should have been used to bring other countries to our side and begin the multilateral rebuilding of Iraq and the end of an American occupation."