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November 08, 2003

The Contemptible Howard Dean

Howard Dean's Pat Buchanan moment.

"I do not believe force is justified simply because we think someone is a brutal dictator," he told about 1,000 high school students, a reference to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

So, to Howard Dean, the Iraqi equivalent of this,

and this

is okay. He tries to blur the issue by claiming to have supported the American campaigns in the Balkans and Afghanistan, but genocide in Iraq is no different from genocide in Kosovo or Afghanistan, no matter how Mr. Dean tries to parse it.

As Theodore Roosevelt said

It is not merely unwise, it is contemptible, for a nation, as for an individual, to use high-sounding language to proclaim its purposes, or to take positions which are ridiculous if unsupported by potential force, and then to refuse to provide this force. If there is no intention of providing and keeping the force necessary to back up a strong attitude, then it is far better not to assume such an attitude.

Humanism is dead in the Democratic Party. How else does one explain their lack of regard for basic human rights when it comes to foreigners?

Last time I checked "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Americans are created equal, that they alone are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and the rest of you are shit out of luck" wasn't in my copy of the Declaration of Independence, but I suppose it could be in Howard's. Certainly they form part of my psyche. It's rather less obvious that the words mean anything to Candidate Dean.

It's funny, how President Bush, with his suspect motivations and questionable goals has still managed to do more for the cause of Iraqi freedom than any other American, ever. Saint Howard, on the other hand, would have perfectly content to let them be tortured and murdered indefinitely.

I don't suspect Bush will go on to do the same for others in the world who yearn for freedom, even though I'd like him to. Nothing would please me more than to see the leadership of Myanmar, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Syria, and Cuba suffer the same fate as the Iraqi Baathists. Some people need to be bombed just on general principles.

Odds are no American leader will ever win my favor by dropping bunker busters on the governmental mansions in Yangon and Harare. But until the Democrats start talking the talk on human rights instead of whining the whine, George Bush is the closest thing I've got.

Posted by Bigwig at November 8, 2003 01:16 AM | TrackBack
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Humanism is dead in the Democratic Party.

Because leftism replaced it. And leftism says never, ever let confident, rich, conservative men bring liberty to the world. And then there's the usual refrain: 'Oh, so a million innocents will be put in mass, unmarked graves for the sake of the leftist cause? So be it.'

Posted by: Jim at November 8, 2003 09:15 AM

I see that subtlety is lost on you.... ;0)

Honestly, I supported Dean a few months ago, but I've become increasingly concerned about his "loose cannon" tendencies. Shooting from the lip is a helluva to run a railroad, much less a Presidential campaign.

Ok, Howard, it's time to go now...your 15 minutes are up....

BTW, Jim isn't really that smug and self-superior, is he??

Posted by: Jack Cluth at November 8, 2003 09:32 AM

Well, my default assumption about eveyone, you and Jim included, is that they are as smug and self-satisfied as I am.

It's why we get along so well. :)

Posted by: bigwig at November 8, 2003 10:49 AM

"I am not a pacifist. Pacifism
is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without
being willing to pay-and claims a halo for his dishonesty."

Posted by: Robert Heinlein at November 12, 2003 12:19 AM

Of course, our Declaration of Independence was written smack in the middle of a war we launched for our own independence.

Indeed, I'm the opposite of Howard Dean here: I didn't support our wars in Bosnia and Kosovo because they were wholly unrelated to U.S. national interests. The world is full of crazy dictators victimizing their own people; we can't take them all out. I supported the war to oust Saddam because he was a dangerous man in a vital region; that it also liberated the Iraqi people was a wonderful, happy bonus.

Posted by: James Joyner at November 13, 2003 02:34 PM

Robert Heinlein and James Joyner. I don't know either of you personally and never will, but both of your posts are dead straight on. Thanks

Posted by: Jim from West Tx at November 14, 2003 12:15 PM

As a veteran of WWII and Korea, I was a lifelong Republican until GWB came along. Now I'm totally opposed to virtually everything he stands for--including lying about the danger posed to our country by Saddam. I'm not sorry he is gone, but we were not the ones to shed blood to do it. Let's be real: you guys are trying to justify an unjustifiable war that has taken more than 500 of our best, and thousands of Iraqis; and has lost us the goodwill of most of the other nations of the world.

Posted by: Rod Greig at February 5, 2004 04:12 PM