"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Trash Talking

In an interview the the Associated Press, John Kerry used the following words and phrases to describe the Bush administration, its Iraq policy, and the war: "Failure", "miscalculations", "arrogance", "disgraceful", "we need a change in policy", "flawed", and "taking us down the wrong track". And yet, once again, he failed to provide a coherent explanation of what would be the "right" policy and the "right" track. The only proposal he ever seems to make regarding Iraq is to "internationalize" the effort and create a bigger role for the U.N.

If I were an Iraqi, I would have an even more jaundiced view of the United "Oil-For-Food" Nations than of the United "Abu Ghraib" States. The former scandal is so much more important that the latter, however, unsurprisingly, the prisoner abuse story gets a hundred times more mentions in the media.

Is the greatest financial scandal in history not more newsworthy than a handful of losers doing nasty things in a prison? Of course it is. It's just so much more fun to smear the evil U.S. than it is to hold the saintly U.N. accountable for propping up Saddam and lining its pockets. Kerry's strategy seems to be this: Criticize, criticize, criticize. When asked for specifics: Generalize, generalize, and criticize some more.

This is leadership?