December 17, 2003


Dean's Foreign Policy: I Am No George Bush (John Tirman, December 16, 2003, AlterNet)

In his speech, he emphasized three criticisms of Bush that are bound to become the pillars of his own foreign-policy agenda during the campaign. First, the cardinal threat to American security is terrorism, and that Bush has done far too little to protect Americans and much of it, clumsily. Among such threats, Dean pointed to weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists several times in the course of his speech. The second critique points the damage to the alliances and multilateral cooperation due to Bush administration's emphasis on unilateralism. Third is Bush's refusal to address social and economic calamities -- HIV/AIDS and global poverty -- that in turn give rise to the conditions of desperation and political violence.

Huh? Mr. Dean is going to go before the American people and say:

(1) he'd be tougher on terrorists and WMD, but not attack anyone,

(2) the UN and EU would have veto power over our national security and foreign policy,

(3) and he'd boost foreign aid.

He might not even carry Manhattan Island.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2003 1:15 PM

Will the total collapse of the Democrats between now and '08 open the way for 1 or 2 new parties to emerge?Or maybe 3?

Posted by: M. at December 17, 2003 1:22 PM

He'll get Manhatten,but he might lose Marin county with jingoistic talk about getting tough on terrorists...err..guerillas...ahh...freedom fighters...uhh...peace protesters(yeah,that sounds good),doesn't he know how much words can wound?

Posted by: M. at December 17, 2003 1:39 PM

Don't forget - he is Manhattan island's favorite son.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 17, 2003 3:05 PM

AIDS? Since when does AIDS cause terrorism? Is there any evidence that even remotely points to this, or is it just common Democratic policy to now randomly connect global events so as to sound like you "recognize that we live in a complex, interconnected society?"

Posted by: Timothy at December 17, 2003 6:00 PM

Well, he does have to distract from his domestic policy of higher taxes and more regulation.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 17, 2003 8:19 PM

What people forget, is Richard Nixon's contribution to the McGovern campaign:
through the work of CREEP men like Don
Segretti, who had a hand in undermining
Jackson, Humphrey and Muskie; allowing
McGovern to go on to the convention. One
gathers that the GOP moles, are now in
the speechmaking and policy advisory
staff at the Dean, Clark, & other campaigns

Posted by: narciso at December 17, 2003 9:28 PM

And here I thought they were working hard trying to convince Ralph Nader to run again.

They should save their money.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 18, 2003 3:33 AM