Kerry, Dean Trade Fire on U.S. Military Strength

From Times Wire Reports

Divisions between rival Democratic presidential candidates Sen. John F. Kerry and Howard Dean over the strength of the nation’s military came out in the open, signaling new tensions between the campaigns.

The debate began over Dean’s comments in an article on “We have to take a different approach” to diplomacy, the former Vermont governor said. “We won’t always have the strongest military.”

Kerry spokesman Chris Lehane expressed incredulity over Dean’s remarks and said Kerry would “guarantee that America has the strongest, best-trained, most well-equipped military in history.”