Dean and Friends at NYT Have Really Bad Timing
Democrats in Self-Destruct Mode XL
Tomorrow, Howard Dean is going to give the first "major" "foreign" "policy" speech of his campaign. His supporters will be giddy afterwards. (If you peruse some of the comments from his supporters, at message boards, you might notice that Dean is a magnet for conspiracy nuts and brainless kooks.) I'm not sure anybody else will care at all.
In today's NYT, Dr. Dean faults the administration on the particulars of the "removal" of Saddam Hussein:
.... His planned speech on Monday is the product of many hands, including former Vice President Al Gore, whose consultations on the text were a prelude to his recent endorsement of the Dean candidacy. (Dr. Dean will not say which parts Mr. Gore edited.)
He also plans to announce on Monday that a host of advisers — including W. Anthony Lake, former President Bill Clinton's first national security adviser; Adm. Stansfield Turner, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and Adm. Charles Larson, the former commander of all forces in the Pacific — have signed on to the campaign. Like several of the other Democratic candidates, he also consults Samuel R. Berger, who succeeded Mr. Lake as national security adviser.
The speech is filled with critiques of how Mr. Bush squandered good will toward the United States, and assessments like this one: "The removal of Saddam Hussein was accomplished in the wrong way, at the wrong time, with inadequate planning, insufficient help and at unbelievable cost." ....
He said he was not surprised by the administration's moves to cut France, Germany, Russia and other nations out of American contracts for rebuilding Iraq, and then to ask the same countries to forgive Iraq's multibillion-dollar debts. "Tin ear is the characteristic of the president's foreign policy," he said....
Dean thinks Bush has a "tin ear" because Dean is listening to the Democratic elites and their comrades in Europe; Bush, on the other hand, is listening to Americans. Too bad for Dean, I suppose, that the Russians, French, and Germans don't get to vote in next year's presidential election.
Lane Core Jr. CIW P Sun. 12/14/03 04:58:48 PM
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