FauxPolitik

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Good advice: Saletan offers 10 rules for success in Iraq. He makes the rules look pretty obvious, mainly by citing how we've broken them (or allowed Saddam to) in the past 11 years. Rule 10 is particularly important, given the typically fatuous media groupthink that we're making "progress":
10. Don't separate diplomacy from force. When the Security Council passed its resolution, pundits and foreign leaders congratulated Secretary of State Colin Powell for leading the administration's diplomacy camp to victory over its war camp. But if the hawks hadn't been noisily preparing for war, the diplomats wouldn't have obtained the resolution. If Iraq cooperates with the inspectors in the weeks ahead, people will say that it shows military power isn't necessary. In fact, it will show the opposite.
Good stuff.

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