September 21, 2004

OTHER THAN BEING UNREALISTIC, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF MY PLAN?:

Kerry's Ideas on Iraq Praised, Questioned: Experts Say Solutions May Be Unrealistic (Robin Wright, September 21, 2004, Washington Post)

John F. Kerry's four-point plan for Iraq proposes ambitious solutions to accelerate the military transition, refocus reconstruction and ensure that democracy takes root, all while lessening the burden on the United States by bringing in greater foreign aid and support.

U.S. experts on Iraq generally laud the goals, applaud the idea of a national debate on Iraq and endorse the principles outlined in Kerry's long-awaited plan. But they also question whether some of his proposals are realistic -- or even all that new. The Bush administration has already tried several of the Kerry suggestions but failed to pull them off.

The premise in all four points is that Kerry will be able to mobilize an international community that has been alienated by President Bush's strategy of preemptive strikes and by U.S. defiance of close allies and the United Nations.


Mr. Kerry's divorce from reality on Iraq sums up the entire problem: Democrats think that just because they hate George W. Bush so much that they're willing to wreck their party that Europeans must likewise be willing to act against what they perceive as their own interest in order to teach him a lesson. In fact, they just don't care about extending democracy to the Middle East and sure as heck aren't willing to spend men or money on the project.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2004 5:14 PM
Comments

I'm dreaming about the following exchange at the first debate:

Kerry: The President has alienated our allies, and so we were forced to go it alone...

Bush: Great Britain, Australia, Poland, Italy, El Salvador, S Korea, Japan...

Kerry: I mean France.

Posted by: brian at September 21, 2004 5:54 PM

Oh, I think they care. They have just made the strategic conclusion the US will, on its own, cause that end.

And also that there is no ride sweeter than a free ride.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 21, 2004 9:27 PM

Same with oil.
Europe, China, and especially Japan need Middle Eastern oil more than the US does, but they also know that the US will keep it flowing.

At least Japan kicks in a few bucks, now and in '91.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 22, 2004 4:47 AM
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