John Kerry, speaking with Don Imus, goes on the offensive against Republicans who keep insisting that Democrats only want to “cut and run.” Kerry says his plan is to redeploy to win the war on terror.

Crooks and Liars:

Kerry joined Imus this morning and stated the Democrats’ position on Iraq. (rough transcript)

Imus: Doesn’t that just give them a heads up…

Kerry: No, what it does is provide the only opportunity for success. Stay the course is not a plan. And what this administration wants is to have a fake debate, as usual. There, there, you hear the drumbeat on every television show from every commentator, cut and run, cut and run, cut and run, cut and run. That’s their phrase.

They’ve found their three words, they love to do that, and they’re gonna try to make the elections in November a choice between “cut and run” or “stay the course.” That’s not the choice. My plan is not “cut and run.” Their plan is “lie and die.” And that’s what they’re doing…Our plan is very simple. It’s re-deploy to win the war on terror. Change to succeed….

There’s more…



If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.