October 1, 2004

AL GORE'S NUMBER ONE FAN FLIPS (via Glenn Dryfoos):

Evil Lesser: NO ONE COMES CLEAN ON IRAQ. (Martin Peretz, 10.01.04, New Republic)

A friend of mine says the American electorate must choose between "the evil of the two lessers." That's my take, too. [...]

On Iraq, I am with Bush. [...]

In an editorial in last week's New Republic, we wrote that "to win reelection, Bush is lying" about Iraq. I have no qualms about that assertion. But now Kerry has spoken definitively about Iraq as well, at New York University and elsewhere. His speeches have produced a flurry of hosannas. Tnr put a headline on its cover, echoing a phrase in Kerry's address, that proclaimed there was, "finally, a real debate on iraq." But only Ryan Lizza, in last week's issue, termed Kerry's prescriptions what they really are: "fantastic," used in its correct meaning--that is, extravagantly fanciful, capricious, grotesque. So, if Bush is lying about Iraq, so is Kerry. It's not just that he has exaggerated what has gone wrong in Iraq. His entire speech was premised on the assumption that there were European troops and Muslim troops and United Nations gendarmes who would have gone to war with us against Saddam had Bush only waited another few days, weeks, months in the spring of 2003. That is a lie. And now, he holds out the same false promise. It is true, he admits, that there is a Security Council resolution calling on U.N. members to provide soldiers and trainers and a special brigade to protect the U.N. mission in Iraq. "Three months later," he admits, "not a single country has answered that call." Of course, Bush is to blame. And what should Bush do? He should "convene a summit meeting of the world's major powers" and "insist that they make good on that U.N. resolution."

There is something risible in Kerry's faith in these hopeless transactions brokered by Kofi Annan and in the United Nations itself, which is staging yet another tragic, do-nothing performance on Darfur. He surely knows there is no cavalry of Europeans and Arabs about to ride to Iraq's rescue (especially since he intends to withdraw American troops, hardly a move that will give other nations confidence). He surely knows there are no foreign funders willing to bear the financial burden, either. But, if he admits that, then much of his critique of Bush's Iraq policy collapses, and with it his confidence in the honorable community of nations--the kind of phrase of which liberals are fond. Except that the nations to which it refers are neither honorable nor a community nor, in many cases, even nations. Kerry may want to rely on their goodwill, but I don't.


Mr. Peretz does so grudgingly enough to guarantee his cocktail party invites won't dry up, but endorses George W. Bush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2004 11:06 AM
Comments

Interesting defection. Will the cocoon close the breech behind him or will others move through the gap? Watch that (open) space.

Posted by: luciferous at October 1, 2004 11:21 AM

JFKerry (who by the way Served in Vietnam) as Herod Agrippa?

"THE VOICE OF A GOD, NOT OF A MAN!!!
THE VOICE OF A GOD, NOT OF A MAN!!!"

Posted by: Ken at October 1, 2004 11:44 AM

Kerry better watch out for those worms.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 1, 2004 12:14 PM

Are we sure W, didn't audit Peretz's class at Harvard, when he was at the Business School?

Posted by: narciso at October 1, 2004 12:38 PM

Kerry probably didn't help himself with Marty by some of his comments Thursday night. Wonder what Peretz's friend Albert Gore, Jr. has to say about this?

Posted by: John at October 1, 2004 1:49 PM

Peretz was on the side of the angels during the Cold War, and is a DLC Democrat. This is no surprise.

Posted by: Bart at October 1, 2004 3:08 PM

>Kerry better watch out for those worms.

Well, the Clintons and Michael Moore got the same accolade ("THE VOICE OF A GOD! NOT OF A MAN!") and they're still breathing...

Posted by: Ken at October 1, 2004 5:03 PM

Given their respective physiques, I would say - just barely.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 1, 2004 10:50 PM
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