MORE: Keep Newsweek in the mix - it looks like the Dems have finally decided to nominate Howard Dean, minus the charisma and convictions, but with a chestful of medals. How's that working out?
UPDATE: Tirade on hold while we await reaction to Bob Novak's story warning us that Bush is also a cut-and-run candidate. (Hint - we already have decided that Kerry is. Surprised?).
ANOTHER BITE: Ok, my thoughts on Bob Novak's piece, which hints of gloom at the Joint Chiefs. Put that together with yesterday's Dexter Filkins story ("U.S. Plans Year-End Drive to Take Iraqi Rebel Areas", and this is what I get -
The Pentagon is not happy with the on-again, off-again approach taken in Falluja last spring. They are also concerned that this election has not edified and educated the American public on the steps that will be necessary to win this war in Iraq. Part of the post-Vietnam mindset, as Colin Powell reminded us so many times, is that public support for the military effort is crucial to success.
So, a few well timed leaks have been dropped in order to pressure both candidates to speak realistically about their goals in Iraq, and to describe the costs associated with achieving those goals.
Will that happen? Well, accoding to Newsweek, Kerry is comfortable is his new role as Howard Dean (or is he George McGovern?)
MORE: Re: Kerry's speech - Briefly, it is a strong, clear attack. His "plan" seems to be to bring in Europeans and train Iraqis. D'oh!
Now, if you are going to accuse the other side of dishonesty, please be honest yourself. This jumps out:
We now know that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and posed no imminent threat to our security. It had not, as the Vice President claimed, “reconstituted nuclear weapons.”
And this is a headscratcher:
We know that while Iraq was a source of friction, it was not previously a source of serious disagreement with our allies in Europe and countries in the Muslim world.
Wow, I didn't know that! Arguments about sanctions, Osama bombing us because we had troops in Saudi Arabia, 5,000 Iraqi babies dying each month (or so we were told), UNSCAM - those were the good old days of allied unity!