Friday, May 2, 2003
William Saletan sat through the victory party, and cheers, "Congratulations. We just won the wrong war":
Saddam was a tyrant, butcher, and serial aggressor. He jerked around the U.N. Security Council for 12 years, and the council did nothing about it. Even if all his biological and chemical weapons were destroyed years ago, his refusal to prove it—as he had pledged to do—by turning over records and personnel defied any hope of enforcing nonproliferation rules for gross offenders. Something had to be done, and Bush did it.
But don't tell us this was a triumph in the war on terror, Mr. President. Don't tell us the defeat of a secular dictator has turned the tide against a gang of religious fanatics. And don't talk about patience. You inserted a battle that could have waited into a war that couldn't, precisely because you lacked—or thought we lacked—patience for the slow, diffuse, half-invisible struggle against the people who hit us on Sept. 11. You wanted a quick, clear victory, and you got it. But don't flatter yourself. You haven't changed the world in 19 months. You've only changed the subject.
Meanwhile, TAPPED points out just how crass the president's little aviation stunt was yesterday: "The only possible reason for this was to create a one-day goo-goo story and provide some footage for campaign commercials, all at taxpayer expense."
Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 2 May 2003 at 3:14 PM