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April 13, 2004

I often get my kicks from reading the favourite magazine of Republican conservatives over morning coffee: you know, the one that is read in The White House.

This habit is a little self-indulgence-I admit; but I deserve a little spoiling myself in the balmy autumn sun. That is what the adverts say anyhow. And one does tire of reading the commentary in the New York Times.

So I checked in this morning to see how the Republican hawks were taking the bad news from Iraq.

I sort of knew I'd find a drop the hammer line at The Weekly Standard. But I thought I'd check it out anyhow, just to see the find the phrases the Howard Government spinners would be boning up on. And I wasn't disappointed. I loved this paragraph from William Kristol on Falluja:

"In any case, the alternative to inaction on March 31 did not have to be a single tank. We could have sent many tanks, along with air support, to disperse the mob, kill those who didn't disperse, intimidate onlookers, and recover the bodies of the dead Americans. And we could immediately have put a price on the head of the killers and those who desecrated the bodies."

The pattern of passivity needs to be broken. More muscle is needed to make Iran accountable for sheltering al Qaeda leaders and pressuring Saudi Arabia. But back to exercising military muscle to solve the Falluja problem:

"We trust that U.S. troops will soon move to uproot what seems to have become a kind of terrorist sanctuary in Falluja, and to ensure that those who seek to drive us from Iraq are thwarted and indeed routed. If the atrocities in Falluja lead to a deepening of the U.S. commitment to victory in Iraq, and to a sharpening of the Bush administration's sword in the war on terror, then we will have properly honored the sacrifice of those who died March 31 in Falluja."

I drank my coffee and turned back to the New York Times. The neo-con mind set was summed up well by Paul Krugman as tough-guy posturing and wishful thinking.

So why did it all go bad so quick. Why, its due to the Arab media "ratcheting up sectarian strife in this war-torn country." They are provocateurs and need to be closed down. Now that policy would result in lots of blowback about democracy and freedom.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:42 PM | | Comments (0)