Thursday, July 27, 2006

Another way the Iraq debacle continues to hurt us

I heard this on NPR today and it surprised me that I hadn't thought of this before.
Michele Kelemen (at 3:20): Ambassador Bolton said he also expects the Security Council to pass a resolution on Iran's nuclear program, though that has been an uphill battle.

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(3:39) Russia and China have drawn lessons from the pre-Iraq War debate at the Security Council and have since been extremely reluctant to pass resolutions that could even open the door for military confronation.
Catch that? We got them to sign off on Resolution 1441 and, despite clear language in the resolution and the promise of our British proxy on the issue that it gave us no authority to go to war, Bush and other continue to use it to justify his adventure in Iraq. Here's Bush this March.
I also saw a threat in Iraq. I was hoping to solve this problem diplomatically. That's why I went to the Security Council; that's why it was important to pass 1441, which was unanimously passed. And the world said, disarm, disclose, or face serious consequences and therefore, we worked with the world, we worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did, and the world is safer for it.
So now, when we need these nations on our side to push Iran and North Korea, they simply don't trust us.

Then again, I wouldn't trust this administration, either. They are, after all, the same logic twisters who said an authority to use military force also gave Bush the right to tap American's phones.

The lasting damage from Bush's war will haunt us for decades.

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