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March 02, 2004

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But not yet. Not yet.

Excellent use of a Gladiator quote?

Excellent use of a Gladiator quote?

If I'm channelling Crowe, it's purely unintentional.

Today's explosions prove it.

You can prove something with an explosion? I'm thinking that geometry was intentionally made a lot less fun that it could have otherwise been...

No, hold the line but a nice post Von.

But I would be more concerned about the pact just signed by Iran and Syria, as compared to the explosions.

So: Is either Mr. Bush or Mr. Kerry looking for a leadership moment? Because this would be one. (Listen carefully, now, to what they are careful not to say.)

I do not think that is even a question any longer. John Kerry will not be able to get a “leadership moment” on Iraq after he voted against the reconstruction funding, insulted our coalition allies, and tried to flip-flop on his vote for the liberation of Iraq.


John Kerry will not be able to get a “leadership moment” on Iraq

We'll let the voters decide that, shall we?

You can prove something with an explosion? I'm thinking that geometry was intentionally made a lot less fun that it could have otherwise been...

Why am I always surrounded by engineers? (Oh, yeah, I'm a patent lawyer.)

I do not think that is even a question any longer. John Kerry will not be able to get a “leadership moment” on Iraq after he voted against the reconstruction funding, insulted our coalition allies, and tried to flip-flop on his vote for the liberation of Iraq.

Fair point, Thorley. I like to think that everyone can be redeemed, but there may be no hope for Kerry on Iraq.

BTW, Slarti, forgot the ;).

Fair point, Thorley. I like to think that everyone can be redeemed, but there may be no hope for Kerry on Iraq.

So with that, and the recent story on the Washington Post on Kerry being worse than Bush when it comes to the deficit(1), you’re left with the FMA as your only remaining excuse not to join the Army of Light(2) and vote for Bush.

TW

(1) That is of course not even including the fact that Kerry and Edwards both affirmed their opposition to any form of Social Security reform last week after Greenspan’s testimony in favor of entitlement reform and deficit reduction but opposed to tax increases in order to increase long-term economic growth. Something of concern for those who take the long view.

(2) Gratuitous B-5 reference given it is the most right-leaning sci-fi scow with three GOPers in the cast as opposed to the usual one or two (BtVS, Battlestar Galactica, etc.).

von, I find myself in agreement with you. I expect Iraq to get rebuilt by the U.S. We broke it, we fix it. I expect democracy to be established there in one shape or another. I expect that Iraq will not become a theocracy. I expect that it not be easy and it will take hard work and lots of money.

That said, we've already done a great deal of fixing. To what extent should we fix Iraq? Undoing the damage of war, almost certainly. Undoing all of the damage of Saddam? Less certain. My personal (and lightly considered, at this point) view is that we ought to do less in the way of mass rebuilding and more in the way of putting Iraq on its own two feet politically and socially.

So with that, and the recent story on the Washington Post on Kerry being worse than Bush when it comes to the deficit(1),

Well, that's not exactly what the WaPo story says. It says that, at present, Kerry's proposes spending $160 billion more than his proposed tax increases. There's no indication that Bush's increases over spending are more or less than that. Nor is Kerry's plan fully fleshed out.

My personal (and lightly considered, at this point) view is that we ought to do less in the way of mass rebuilding and more in the way of putting Iraq on its own two feet politically and socially.

I almost lean the opposite. Prosperous people tend to be peaceful people. If we want to reform Iraq, we will need to reform its infrastructure -- the engine of prosperity. Unfortunately, that means that we'll need to repair more than just war damage.

von,

Prosperity will not come to Iraq feom pumping US dollars through it forever. We did not actually "break" that much during the recent conflict. We "broke" much more in '91. Establishing transparency in the flow of oil revenue through to necessary infrastructure projects will probably be more important than the projects themselves. Iraq is not the Sudan. The sooner it is independent of US aid the better in terms of long term benefits to its citizens. Iraq has water and enough arable land to feed its entire population, it has enough oil revenue to finance any infrastructure development it cares to attempt. What it lacks is political stability and that is where the US needs to focus its efforts.

von:

Two sides of the same coin. If we just pay them cash, we've done practically nothing for them. On the other hand, if we set them back on their feet again with stable government, prosperity is much more likely to come. With bad government comes poverty. Not an argument, here, just an opinion.

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