"This president is so arrogant they didn't want to listen to people" who advised early on to seek support from the international community before launching a war in Iraq"
Notice how it is finally pointed out that Kerry had it right from the start.
KEENE, N.H. (AP) - A call by European leaders for a significant U.N. role in Iraq is a good sign, but one too long delayed by the arrogance of the Bush administration, Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry said Saturday.
He also said he doesn't foresee a speedy transfer of power to the Iraqis.
"This president is so arrogant they didn't want to listen to people" who advised early on to seek support from the international community before launching a war in Iraq, Kerry said after campaigning at Keene State College.
"We deserve a president who gets it right immediately," the Massachusetts senator said.
Earlier in the day, the leaders of Germany, France and Britain called for a significant U.N. role in Iraq and a quick transfer of power to the Iraqis. They did not agree on a timetable for handing over authority.
Asked what date he would set for the transfer of power, Kerry said a timetable could be devised only once the United Nations was involved.
"You have to get the multi-international force. You have to get sufficient troops. You've got to get the agreement of other countries to do this," he said. "Once you've done that then I think it's possible to sit down and figure out what the date is.
"Obviously, I want it to be as soon as possible, but it's not a month. It's clearly months. It might even be a year, but it can be done with far less loss of life and confrontation," he said.
Kerry, one of 10 Democrats seeking the nomination, wouldn't comment on the latest candidate to join the race - retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark.
"That's all politics. I'm focused on issues," he said.
Health care was among the issues Kerry concentrated on during a question-and-answer session with college students and supporters. One woman asked him how he'd get his plan through a Republican-controlled Congress.
"One of the things you really need to look at is who's shown the ability to build across- the-aisle coalitions," he said. "There's a virtue in having someone who knows what buttons to press and what levers to pull to get things done."
Kerry's plan includes expanding government programs for the children and the poor and allowing others to buy into the health insurance plan that covers the president and Congress. He also proposes having the government pick up 75 percent of the cost of the most catastrophic health care cases, which would lower premiums for everyone else.
The latest poll of likely voters in the New Hampshire primary shows Kerry in second place, 10 percentage points behind former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.