Monday, October 04, 2004

It's tough to argue...
...with the logic of reality. Keith has a great post today, regarding Kerry's "Global Test," as defended by William Saletan. Read the whole thing, but here are the salient points:
"The justifications of the war were centered on WMD, which everyone, including Senator Kerry, believed existed. The evidence collected by the CIA (think 'slam dunk') was corroborated by MI5, Russian intelligence, and Hans Blix himself. Saddam's unwilligness to cooperate seemed to confirm what everyone suspected. Nothing, save a chemical or biological agent-laced warhead in Tel Aviv could have been more convincing.
The thing is that everyone was wrong.
International consensus or the 'global test' had nothing to do with these justifications. Chirac and Schroeder wouldn't pull a de Gaulle and say 'No, no, no, no. The word of the president of the United States is good enough for me,' today or before the Iraq war. The 'global test' in Iraq was destined to fail, no matter how much better the evidence, no matter how much longer the farce of inspections were allowed, and most importantly, no matter who was President."

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