Tuesday, December 06, 2005

DEAN ON IRAQ: THE REST OF THE STORY

AND A CAUTION TO REPUBLICANS

VIA DRUDGE:

WOIA SAN ANTONIO recaps an interview with Howard Dean, leading with the headline

"Dean: US Won't Win in Iraq"

http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=C36A87B9-63A0-4CDE-AA91-B41571AFD3AF

The entire interview can be had here:

http://cctvimedia.clearchannel.com/woai/deanint.mp3

I would suggest the full interview to the article, which is as slanted as the headline. The lead line from the article sets the tone:

"the idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong..."

The full quote, as near as I can transcribe, was "I don't believe in making the same mistake twice, and America appears to have made the same mistake twice" ... [alluding to Vietnam] ... "I wished President Bush had paid more attention to the history of Iraq. The idea that we're going to win in Iraq is just plain wrong."

I mislike sticking up for someone who has demonstrated as little common sense as Dean, but clip-quoting to this extent deserves publicity.

And to those who are blowing "teguello" for the Democrats, I'd like to suggest this interview is a must-listen. His points are certainly arguable - I don't accept or reject any of them entirely - but the totality is effective. This isn't the old "screamer Dean." He's lucid, fluent, and affable.

If he can resist the temptation to run his mouth with his brain disconnected, he will prove to be a most formidable spokesman.

Comments:
I was in my early teens when Vietnam fell, and I seem to remember it a lot better than Screamer Dean. We refused to back the South Vietnamese, after the Communist Vietnamese broke the peace accords that had allowed us to leave.

The Democratically controlled congress, elected in backlash to Watergate, took the opportunity to support their fellow travelers in Hanoi, and refuse to fulfill our treaty obligations to the South Vietnamese government, ultimately leading to the deaths of millions across Southeast Asia.

And if the Democrats have their way, we will do the same service for the middle east...
 
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