Monday, March 15, 2004
"I don't know what foreign leaders Senator Kerry is talking about," Powell said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's an easy charge, an easy assertion to make. But if he feels it is that important an assertion to make, he ought to list some names. If he can't list names, then perhaps he should find something else to talk about."
At a recent town meeting that Kerry attended, he was asked to name some names. While this may seem petty and not too important, one attendee voiced a concern that shows the validity of such questions:
"Were they people like the president of North Korea?" Cedric Brown, 52, shouted at Kerry during an eight-minute exchange Sunday afternoon. "I need to know that."
Aside from who supports him, why would you make a comment like that if you have no intention to support it? As he said, he didn't want to name names as that may hurt relations between those people and the Bush administration. Fair enough, but then why tout it? It makes him sound arrogant and ridiculous. It sounds like a claim made on a grade school playground. Or better yet, it sounds similar to a scene from The Breakfast Club. Anthony Edwards is telling the 'group' that he is not a virgin. When badgered to name names, his response is (this is paraphrased. I don't remember the exact words): "Oh, some girl from Niagara Falls. You wouldn't know her."
An argument like that comes off sounding unsupported and juvenile.