Monday, March 01, 2004

In a Week, U.S. Stance Moved To a Belief of the Inevitable (washingtonpost.com): "Members of the Congressional Black Caucus accused the Bush administration of sacrificing democracy by refusing to support Aristide. Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) said Bush should have dispatched troops earlier to stop the violence. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) described Bush as 'late, as usual.'"

You have GOT to be kidding me. HOW DARE THEY? We didn't threaten democracy by allowing Saddam to remain in power agaisnt the overwhelming desire of the majority of his people? And it's ok for us to wait and wait and wait for an international coalition before we attack Iraq, who at the very least might have actually posed a threat to us, but we need to rush to a country that couldn't possibly under any circumstances?

And while we're at it, let's get another thing straight. This man flew out of Haiti at a moment's notice, and less than 24 horurs later, our troops are in Haiti. The violence flared up about eight and a half days ago. Clearly, this was not a last-minute decision by the Bush administration. They were not waiting until they absolutely couldn't ignore it anymore; they couldn't possibly have done so.

The fact of the matter is, Colin Powell has been on the phone for a week straight, trying to find someone who would shelter Aristide. Ambassador Foley has been trying all that time to convince Aristide that it was time for him to leave, and that he could trust us to protect him. AND, had we sent troops a week ago, Aristide would have tried to spin it as another case of US support for him against his people. Don't try to pin this on Bush being late to the party. And, as far as the campaign goes, if that's the way President Kerry would have reacted, I renew my hope that he remain Senator Kerry.

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