Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Unreality and the right

Here's something you won't see everyday. George Will agrees with John Kerry.
Cooperation between Pakistani and British law enforcement (the British draw upon useful experience combating IRA terrorism) has validated John Kerry's belief (as paraphrased by the New York Times Magazine of Oct. 10, 2004) that "many of the interdiction tactics that cripple drug lords, including governments working jointly to share intelligence, patrol borders and force banks to identify suspicious customers, can also be some of the most useful tools in the war on terror." In a candidates' debate in South Carolina (Jan. 29, 2004), Kerry said that although the war on terror will be "occasionally military," it is "primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation that requires cooperation around the world."
Too bad he didn't figure that out while Kerry was running in 04. But at least it seems the conservative intelligensia are "getting" it now. You can't bomb terrorism away. If only the goose-stepping Bush supporters could see past their blind hatred and chest thumping militarism to get to the same reality, we might stand a chance on actually winning against the terrorists.
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Blogger Kathy said...

Wow, I can't believe Will wrote that. This is my favorite part:

This farrago of caricature and non sequitur makes the administration seem eager to repel all but the delusional. But perhaps such rhetoric reflects the intellectual contortions required to sustain the illusion that the war in Iraq is central to the war on terrorism, and that the war, unlike "the law enforcement approach," does "work."

Intellectual contortions? Repel all but the delusional? I had to read his column twice because I thought I read it wrong. Although I'm happy that high profile columnists like Will are starting to speak out against the Bush administrations failures in the war on terror, I'm still angry that they took so long. Thousands of lives have been lost on both sides and billions of dollars have been squandered. If those same columnists had been willing to honestly consider opposing ideas and discuss them in public from the beginning, this whole situation might have been handled differently. They were too worried about promoting the party line instead of having honest discourse.

2:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

You got that right Kathy. That's what really pisses me off too.

5:38:00 PM  

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