Posted by lex, on March 2, 2006
Democratic party chairman Howard Dean – a white, Christian man who, as far as I can tell, hasn’t called any of his opponents in government “evil, corrupt or brain-dead,” lately and therefore gets points on for moderation – points out that his party does too have a plan for national defense:
The Democrats have a better idea. First we will conclude the negotiations with the Chinese and the North Koreans to disarm North Korea. Secondly, under no circumstances will a Democratic Administration ever allow Iran to become a nuclear power. Three, we will kill or capture Osama bin Laden and four, the authority and the control of the ports of the United States must be retained by American companies.
Great ideas, all. Of course, sometimes it is said that the devil is in the details. So, would it be churlish of me to point out that a previous administration’s eagerness to “conclude a deal” with North Korea vis-a-vis nuclear weapons left us perhaps further from the goal of a de-nuclearized peninsula than otherwise?
And as for refusing to allow Iran to nuclearize, I agree with such a laudable goal. Perhaps if we stamped our feet vigorously – even, dare I say it: Held our breath! – would that convince the mullahcracy of the dangers adhering to the nuclear path? Well, maybe not – but what if we built a coalition of like-minded folks and went to the UN?
Oh. Already doing that. I see.
What about capturing or killing OBL? I’m all for it, and I’d only point out that if there was a way to do this and the governor is holding back for partisan gain, why: That would be wrong. At so many levels.
Speaking of wrong, Dean now says that the US ought to nationalize US shipping terminals. I mean, that’s the effect of what he’s saying when he says “retain control,” since most of them are already foreign owned. Have been for a while, too. Because when it comes to the global economy, what with its free exchange of ideas and movement of capital? WE CLEARLY CAN’T COMPETE!
Now, while it’s clearly true that the guy’s a liability for his party, I hope they keep him on a little longer.
If only, you know: For the entertainment value.