Friday, March 07, 2003
David Brooks on the Press Conference: He makes some excellent points. First, the big news last night was that Bush would force the vote. I'm not surprised. He spoke quioetly last night about "our allies," the ones who won't play ball. He says we still have common interests and strong relationships, but he's deep-down pissed, particularly with France. Second, forcing the vote is an in your face move, as Brooks notes, partly because it almost guarantees that France will not join the wagon train once it's rolling. So many conservatives said, "Once the shooting starts, Europe will fall in line." Well, it looks like Bush is saying, "Anyone who doesn't fall in line prior to the shooting doesn't get invited to the victory party."