From The The Carpetbagger Report:
In the 2004 presidential race, John Kerry offered a very clear approach as to how the United States should deal with Iran: have the international community offer Iran nuclear fuel to be used in a peaceful nuclear energy program. As Kerry put it at the time, “We should call their bluff and organize a group of states that will offer the nuclear fuel they need for peaceful purposes and take back the spent fuel so they can’t divert it to build a weapon.”
Nonsense, said the Bush gang, which argued such an approach would effectively be “appeasement.” Condi Rice dismissed Kerry’s approach, telling Fox News, “This regime has to be isolated in its bad behavior, not quote-unquote ‘engaged.’” Frank Gaffney Jr., a former Pentagon official and Bush ally, knocked Kerry’s plan in an op-ed entitled, “Kerry’s Nuclear Nonsense.” Gaffney boasted, “Mr. Bush understands the folly of going that route.” National Review ran an item calling Kerry’s proposal “ignorant” and “dangerously wrong.”
Even in an election year our Dear Leader Bush wouldn’t play politics over something as important as diplomacy with a country ruled by radical Islamists. Surely he wouldn’t do something as petty, misguided, and quite possibly dangerous just to make his opponent look weak. No, not our man Dubya!
President Bush’s endorsement of a plan to end the nuclear standoff with Iran by giving the Islamic republic nuclear fuel for civilian use under close monitoring has left some of his supporters baffled.
One cause for the chagrin is that the proposal, which is backed by Russia, essentially adopts a strategy advocated by Mr. Bush’s Democratic opponent in the 2004 election, Senator Kerry of Massachusetts.
“I have made it clear that I believe that the Iranians should have a civilian nuclear power program under these conditions: that the material used to power the plant would be manufactured in Russia, delivered under IAEA inspectors to Iran to be used in that plant, the waste of which will be picked up by the Russians and returned to Russia,” Mr. Bush said at a news conference yesterday. “I think that is a good plan. The Russians came up with the idea and I support it,” he added.
What an eeediot.