August 16, 2002


IRAQ SECOND THOUGHTS. (Tapped, 8/16/02, American Prospect)
While Bush wines and dines his rich buddies in Texas, things are not looking so good for the administration's war plans. Colin Powell is reportedly meeting with former secretary of state (and Iraq attack doubter) Henry Kissinger, while Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to Papa Bush, lashed out against the current Iraq strategy on yesterday's Wall Street Journal op-ed page (subscription only) arguing that an invasion of Iraq would "seriously jeopardize, if not destroy, the global counter-terrorist campaign we have undertaken." Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has been expressing doubts as well and now Dick Armey has joined the chorus. Perhaps a genuine debate is finally underway. Tapped hopes that the president will take notice when he comes back to Washington from his vacation.

That last sentence reminds us of one of the subtle but defining differences between liberals and conservatives. Have you ever noticed how Republicans never complain about Presidents taking vacations, Congress being out of session, or even (of ever honored memory) government shutdowns. But Democrats seem to think the Earth will stop rotating if Washington is not infested by the political class. Here's the difference between a liberal and a conservative--conservatives like George W. Bush but think the nation is well served by having him on vacation; liberals loathe him but wish he was at his desk in the Oval Office, doing something, doing anything, just "governing". Posted by Orrin Judd at August 16, 2002 9:42 PM
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