That impassioned fervor lasted well, it lasted until the next election, in which he found it to his professional benefit to oppose the war in Iraq. Remember, on the campaign trail he boasted how he had actually been for the war before he was against the war.
Not only was that yet another easy betrayal of U.S. soldiers, it also turned out to be really bad politics. But it is all worth keeping in mind as Mr. Kerry marshals his splenetic ardor in his latest crusade against atrocities that may or may not last through the next election.
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