Ron Fournier, no friend of the Bush Administration, has a very skeptical report on the ability of a Kerry administration to get more foreign troops to Iraq. Kerry's sources for his belief? Anti-Bush blowhard Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who agreed with Kerry on just about all of Kerry's moronic foreign policy and defense votes during Kerry's Senate tenure (see here for a rundown), and Joe Biden, a Democratic Senator who is angling to be Kerry's Secretary of State.
As Fournier notes, "when asked for hard evidence that his victory would produce a troops-reducing deal for America, neither Kerry nor his fellow senators cite anything other than their vague perceptions and utmost hopes."
Ouch. Sounds like the Democrats' approach to terrorism in general.
Meanwhile, the reality is that Europeans were displeased that Kerry promised to NOT ask for anyone else's permission to defend the US. As John Henke at QandO noted, "They are 'disappointed' that a US President promises to US force to defend the United States against a threat. We are, apparently, obligated to wait meekly for the trains to round us up."
That cannot be allowed to happen. We're not French.
UPDATE -- Captain Ed has this comment on Fournier's analysis:
Fournier reveals Kerry to be nothing more than an empty suit on Iraq, pronouncing secret plans to deliver nothing different than what George Bush already has done, and insinuating that heads of state around the world will abandon negotiating with the US if Kerry is not elected. Not only is that ridiculous on its face -- the US is the most dynamic economic market in the world, for one thing -- but it speaks to a hint of narcissism and megalomania that hearkens back to Nixon, along with Kerry's secret plan. Most damaging of all, Fournier's shot across the bow of the Kerry campaign may signal that some of the mainstream media has had enough of the empty-suit campaign and may start taking their Kerry coverage seriously -- and that will be very, very bad news for the Kerry/Edwards ticket.