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Monday, August 09, 2004

Kerry's Plan 

In today's USA Today, Senator Kerry outlines his "plan" for Iraq. It involves no more detail, and says little more than he's said elsewhere. Apparently, this is supposed to satisfy critics who say he's taken "Secret Plan" lessons from 1968. The last paragraph is worth special attention:

Plan for Iraq's future by working with our allies to forgive Iraq's multibillion-dollar debt and involve our allies in the development of a new Iraqi constitution and the political arrangements needed to protect minority rights. At the same time, we should convene a regional conference with Iraq's neighbors to secure a pledge of respect for Iraq's borders and non-interference in Iraq's national affairs.

Yes, by all means, let's get the French to help out with the new Iraqi Constitution. After all, they've got so much practice at writing them. Who was is who said that their local library didn't have a copy of the current French Constitution because they didn't take periodicals? And we can certainly count on them to protect Iraqi minorities, as long as they're not Jewish or Christian. As for a regional conference, getting Iran, Syria, and Saudia Arabia to be guarantors of Iraq's borders sounds more than a little like making Germany a guarantor of Belgian neutrality.

Let's play along with Kerry's notion that Iraq is Vietnam redux. Doesn't Iran have something in common with North Vietnam? Doesn't Syria begin to look a little like Laos? And doesn't John Kerry begin to look a lot like...John Kerry?

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