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Does he mean these kind of negotiations?

I was kind of surprised yesterday to here Kerry say the following on Fox News Sunday

WALLACE: Right. I mean, should the American people just trust you're going to do it?

And what about the question of how you form a democracy, what happens if the Shiites want a theocracy? When are you going to get the troops out?

There are a lot of details. And, you know, there's been some criticism of this, that you haven't dealt with that stuff.

KERRY: Chris, I'm not going to negotiate publicly the hand that I have as president before I'm president. I've been around too long and I know how to do this.

I've negotiated with other countries. I've worked on these issues through the years. I'm telling you that the climate can change dramatically.
Leaders in other countries know this. We have colleagues from the Senate who have traveled abroad, who have talked to them.

This administration has broken the relationships that we had, the strength of those relationships. And there's a lack of credibility and a lack of trust.

This administration has never, ever fully offered these other countries the kind of partnership, the kind of decisionmaking sharing, the kind of participation in the reconstruction, the kind of participation in other issues that matter to those countries that actually bring them to the table.

I know how to bring these countries to the table. And there are some very powerful cards we have to play. The Arab countries have a huge stake in not having a failed state in Iraq, but they're not at the table today. The European countries have a huge stake in not having a failed state in Iraq, but they're not at the table today.

The truth is, this president has failed in his conduct of diplomacy. And I believe we need a fresh start so we can change the equation to the leaders of those other countries who, today, pay too high a price for being involved with the Bush administration.
{emphasis mine}

Near as I can tell, Kerry's negotiations with foreign leaders tend to be unsanctioned meetings with communist leaders such as this meeting

In a question-and-answer session before a Senate committee in 1971, John F. Kerry, who was a leading antiwar activist at the time, asserted that 200,000 Vietnamese per year were being "murdered by the United States of America" and said he had gone to Paris and "talked with both delegations at the peace talks" and met with communist representatives.

Kerry, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, yesterday confirmed through a spokesman that he did go to Paris and talked privately with a leading communist representative. But the spokesman played down the extent of Kerry's role and said Kerry did not engage in negotiations.


Another flip-flop? Are there any other *negotiations* we need to know about?

Evie Happy

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Like I've seen stated elsewhere...........

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The Truth to Kerry is like sunshine to the Bats
in Carlsbad Caverns.

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Evie,

I've negotiated with other countries. I've worked on these issues through the years. I'm telling you that the climate can change dramatically. Leaders in other countries know this. We have colleagues from the Senate who have traveled abroad, who have talked to them.

And since when, Senator Kerry, do "negotiations" between a foreign leader and a sitting U.S. Senator have any binding authority? Those talks were more likely on the order of the mutual exchange of wish lists on the part of the senators and canned positions on the part of the foreign leaders. No foreign government which ever wanted to be taken seriously would ever delude itself into believing that negotiations not conducted with the sitting Administration's diplomats could possibly mean anything.

It seems that Sen. Kerry is possessed of an infinite capacity for self-promotion - and even more dangerously, self-delusion...

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