Sunday, January 11, 2004

Credit where credit is due, the Bush Admin get's something right (but...

Well, we may have climbed back from the brink of a nuclear war between Pakistan and India. The leaders of the two nations have met in what have been reported as warm peace talks by the WaPo. This cannot be interpreted as anything other than a coup for the Bush Administration. Just a few short years ago, both sides were escalating massive troop deployments to their mutual border. The world held its breath as heated rhetoric and terroist attacks pushed the two nations breath-takingly close to nuclear exchange. Millions of people would have died both during and in the aftermath, with the possible genocide of the Pakistani peoples as a result. Now the Indian PM wants to leave a legacy of peace as he steps down from office.

It should be made clear though that this victory is not a result of hard-liner foreign policy, but a triumph for the multi-lateral diplomatic wing of the State Department. It was Richard Armitage who went to the region and knocked heads together in order to get both sides to back from the brink of nuclear war. Furthermore, our alliance with Pakistan is not without its risks. It has come at the cost of turning a blind eye to Pakistan's nuclear proliferation as reported by the Weekly Standard. Yes it was a good step forward, but it's hardly a stirring recommendation for the aggressive policies of premption and "preventive" war. Yet these are still being touted at the highest levels by neo-conservative thinkers as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

That's exactly what this country needs: to alienate Saudi Arabia, put sanctions on France, militarily intervene in Iran and Syria, and start mobilization for a war on the Korean Peninsula. All while tidying up Afghanistan and sitting on Iraq's recovery. Certainly this is what Perle and Frum are suggesting. This brings up the whole irony of "preventive" war. Talk about an oxymoron. How can a war be prevented by starting one? They should call it by what it really is: A first-strike policy. This however runs into the problem that the good guys don't draw first - read here about it in my "What's the difference? Ask a cowboy." post.

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