In a L. A. Times article that could have run during the 2004 Presidential campaign, John Kerry rips the Bush Administration for disdaining "diplomacy as little more than an inconvenient detour on the chosen path to armed conflict": Kerry Attacks Bush Over Iraq Policies (registration required.)
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) harshly criticized the Bush administration for "disdaining diplomacy" in favor of a confrontational and unilateral foreign policy that has hurt the United States' standing around the world and made it less safe.In a speech Thursday in Los Angeles, the former (and perhaps future) Democratic Party presidential candidate warned that the mistakes of Iraq must not be repeated in the current standoff with Iran.
"War is the ultimate failure of diplomacy," Kerry told a gathering of the Pacific Council on International Policy. "Yet our current leadership has arrogantly discarded this basic principle…. All too often they disdained diplomacy as little more than an inconvenient detour on the chosen path to armed conflict."
Did you catch this part? "The former (and perhaps future) Democratic Party presidential candidate?"