Wednesday, October 06, 2004

new bush tactic

I am not impressed with the new Bush line about Kerry's unfitness to solve the Iraq war (from AP): "'Senator Kerry assures us that he's the one to win a war he calls a mistake, an error, and a diversion. But you can't win a war if you don't believe in fighting.'"

Kerry's view that the war is in the wrong place, at the wrong time, only underscores his motivation to cleaning up the mess and getting troops home. That's the kind of approach people want to hear.

Very few people in this country are interested in pushing our commitment to war further, in extending some pseudo-democratic ideology. And this seems to be the unstated contrast Bush is pushing. Although he doesn't say it, Bush is signaling his commitment to widen the war effort, do whatever it takes to achieve whatever vision of Mid-East democracy he and the neo-cons are chasing.