Wednesday, May 26, 2004

I hate to sound like a broken record . . . broken record . . . broken record . . . but this stuff is just too spot-on to ignore.
When it comes to Iraq, it is getting harder every day to distinguish between President Bush's prescription and that of Senator John Kerry.

They still differ on some details, and Mr. Kerry continues to assert that Mr. Bush has lost so much credibility around the world that only a new president can rally other nations to provide the necessary assistance, a point he made Tuesday while campaigning in Oregon.

But as became evident with Mr. Bush's latest speech on Iraq on Monday night, which followed a detailed speech Mr. Kerry gave on Iraq's future one month ago, the broad outlines of their approaches are more alike than not.

. . . Mr. Kerry is left to argue that while both men have similar ideas about what to do, he has more credibility to do it, given the breakdown in relations between Mr. Bush and many world leaders over Iraq.
To be fair, there are one or two minor differences between Bush and Kerry.
Mr. Kerry has called for NATO to take a major role in Iraq, freeing up American troops and providing an opening to attract military support from non-NATO nations like India and Pakistan.

. . . Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Tuesday that Iraq would be discussed at the NATO summit at the end of next month in Turkey, and that 16 of the 26 NATO member nations are already involved in Iraq in some way.
And then there is
Mr. Kerry has also called for the establishment of a United Nations high commissioner to oversee the political development of Iraq and the rebuilding efforts.

. . . Administration officials have been dismissive of Mr. Kerry's idea of putting a United Nations high commissioner in Iraq. They have argued that the Iraqis do not want the United Nations in power any more than they want the United States in power.

"This is not East Timor," one senior administration official said
While is is good fun to pile on top of Bush and kick him while he's down, it is more important to show how the broad -- and in some respects narrow -- elements of American imperialism will sail confidently ahead under a Kerry presidency. Talk of NATO and a UN High Commissioner is almost pure politicking, not a real strategic alternative to Mr. Bush's War.

Is there any doubt that the world-historic role of John Kerry is to have his most famous quote, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?", thrown back at him?


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