Towards A Good Samaritan World

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


John Kerry is clearer on Iraq in this op-ed than he ever was on the campaign trail. As before, though, there's no acknowledgment that removing Saddam was a good thing. Instead:

The reality is that the Bush administration's choices have made Iraq into what it wasn't before the war - a breeding ground for jihadists. Today there are 16,000 to 20,000 jihadists and the number is growing.

And all those jihadists put together are not as bad as Saddam was.

Kerry seems to be looking for easy outs. For example:

The administration and the Iraqi government must stop using the requirement that troops be trained in-country as an excuse for refusing offers made by Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany to do more.

Training a few Iraqi troops outside Iraq might do a bit of good, who knows. (Though really, do the French and Germans have so much military expertise to teach?) But it's hard to believe it would make a real difference in the war. This seems like pie-in-the-sky too:

The administration must work with the Iraqi government to establish a multinational force to help protect its borders. Such a force, if sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, could attract participation by Iraq's neighbors and countries like India.

Kerry also seems to be unaccountably willing to treat Arab dictators as friends:

Iraq's Sunni neighbors, who complain they are left out, could do more to help.

To help whom? To help us and the Iraqi elected government? But Iraq's neighbors are more inclined to sympathize with the insurgents. I don't think we want them to get more involved. That's where the democracy/dictatorship distinction comes in... but then, Kerry has never really understood that distinction.


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