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Friday, December 19, 2003
Kinsley on Finding Saddam and the Politics Thereof

By Steven Taylor @ 8:07 am

Even Michael Kinsley finds the “we have Saddam, so now is a good time to internationalize” argument a bit odd

Virtually every Democratic candidate, including Dean, followed another puzzling convention of American politics by saying that the capture of Saddam was a reason, or at least an occasion, to draw in other nations. Their most common complaint about the war has been that it isn’t “multilateral.” It’s hard to see how this argument is affected one way or another by finding Saddam in a hole.

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  1. Because there is such an intense anti-Dean nomination thing on the democratic side now, it really mutes one of the arguments the dem’s have: Which is “what are we doing to get out of Iraq?” The administration is going to have a harder and harder time not giving any details on how they expect to move the troops.

    And then the follow up is obviously: “How can we be ready to use our Army if its tied up?”

    I still think that getting other countries to cough up serious numbers of peacekeepers is how we do that.

    2 cents.

    Comment by Eric — Friday, December 19, 2003 @ 11:11 am

  2. Eric,

    But is it not clear that that ain’t gonna happen? I have a hard time seeing that if we just “ask nice” that that will change the interest of Germany, France, Russia, et al., to cough up said troops. Thye don’t want to send any, and they won’t: not for Dean, not for Gephardt, not for the Pope.

    And if the answer is the UN

    Comment by Steven — Friday, December 19, 2003 @ 11:21 am

  3. Don’t necessarily disagree. But when the current admin says “we ain’t gonna even ask for help". ie - use the bravado of the admin against itself. Then that gives the Dem’s a talking point. And they’re not using it.

    And btw - If the Pope calls for troops, then I’ve seriously underestimated the power of the vatican. :)

    Comment by Eric — Friday, December 19, 2003 @ 11:49 am

  4. Eric can you give me a few examples of ” But when the current admin says “we ain’t gonna even ask for help".

    Every time I hear him speak he welcomes all the help he can get. Did I miss something?

    Comment by Paul — Friday, December 19, 2003 @ 11:04 pm

  5. “what are we doing to get out of Iraq?”


    We are going to be there for the next 50 years, at least. Just like we’re still in Germany nearly 60 years after the end of WWII.

    If that’s the best question the Democrats have, they have nothing.

    Comment by Greg D — Tuesday, December 23, 2003 @ 2:50 pm

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