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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

In the New York Times, everything Bush says or does is Wrong

Misconceived Military Shuffle:

"The troop redeployment plan announced yesterday by President Bush makes little long-term strategic sense. It is certain to strain crucial alliances, increase overall costs and dangerously weaken deterrence on the Korean peninsula at the worst possible moment. Meanwhile, it will do nothing to address the military's most pressing current need: relieving the chronic strain on ground forces that has resulted from failing to anticipate the long, and largely unilateral, American occupation of Iraq. . . .

The Bush administration justifies these movements by pointing to fundamental changes in the geography of threats since the end of the cold war."

The NY times notwithstanding, I imagine most Americans would agree that having 70,000 American soldiers in Germany in this day and age is a waste of time, and that 35,000 ground troops in South Korea would be basically powerless in the face of a nuclear threat from North Korea.

Liberal positions make less and less sense to me: they want our troops to come home from Iraq where there's a war, but they want to keep troops in Europe where there is no war.

Go figure.

See also this Voice of America report, describing the President's weekly radio address; he welcomed the fact that athletes from a free Afghanistan and a free Iraq are taking part in the games. . . .

"The rise of freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq is transforming life in those nations, and its effect will spread far beyond their borders," he said. "For the first time in history, people everywhere will see women competitors wearing the uniform of Afghanistan" . . . . Today, because the world acted with courage and moral clarity, those nations are free, and their athletes are competing in the Olympic Games."

That is truly a monumental achievement, and I admire the President for leading (some of) the world in that feat of "courage and moral clarity."

The Olympics, however, lack both these qualities, and always have. Read this.