I was lucky in that I got to read that opinion piece in today's Mercury News since I am staying in the Bay area for a few days.
At any rate, the article describes exactly why I don't want George W Bush to be re-elected as our president.
Bob likes to criticize me for being "anti-Bush" instead of "pro-Kerry" when in reality I am both. And one of the main reasons that I am "pro-Kerry" is that he has stated that he would pursue policies which are antithetical to the policies of GWB, and for that I am in 100% support. Other Democrats would have done the same thing, and I would be for them because of it if that were the case.
Prof. Kennedy's opinion piece specifies one of the main reasons that I am "anti-Bush" which is that I believe that his decisions in realm of foreign policy have been mostly wrong for this country (with the exception of attacking Afghanistan). I believe that we attacked Iraq because it was one of the goals of the administration from the very beginning, and although the world is better off without Saddam Hussein, the United States is possibly LESS safe because of that action. Prof Kennedy agrees:
The Bush administration's path to war in Iraq is but the most dramatic example of a set of policies that has put at risk the kind of international leadership that has served both America and the world so well for the past half-century. The policies of the past four years have made America and the world less safe, not more.
The entire article is worth a read. And go John Kerry, if for no reason other than he will behave different than George W. Bush (alhough that is not MY only reason).