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Tuesday, December 09, 2003

 

Mending the lie
In regards to the American response to Iraq, two things need to happen. One, the media needs to report on the whole story, with articles like the one linked below. What the troops are doing while they (occasionally) get shot at is as important, if not moreso, than the fact they are getting shot at. Second, a Democratic candidate needs to say the following: "America's troops are comprised of the finest young men and women in the world, and even though George Bush has [insert generic attack on Bush here], these men and women are doing their best and, in doing so, are preventing Bush's mistakes from turning Iraq into a failure. Iraq is not a failure, nor yet a success, but a bad situation that is, no thanks to Bush, but thanks to the work of our marvelous Armed Services, steadily and continually getting better."

Currently, the only candidates that can say that without the response of "well, then, it's a good thing we went! Vote Bush!" are Gephardt and Lieberman. Kerry flip-flopped too fast to be able to take advantage of this.

Of course, because the situation is getting better, the successes will inevitably become impossible to ignore come the real election-time. At that point, even Dean will be able to, in fact practically required to, give that speech. It is, in a sense, unfortunate for the Republicans that Dean is emerging so clearly as the frontrunner this early, as there is still plenty of time to run to the right, especially regarding Iraq. But if the primaries do drag on so long that Dean, Kerry and Clark are still arguing over who hates Bush's Iraq policy more when the betterment becomes evident even to the media, they will find themselves looking quite the fools.
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