Dean said that he would "strengthen our military and intelligence capabilities so we are best prepared to defend America and our interests." I found that interesting, in light of his previous statements that although he would not reduce military spending, he would "redirect" a chunk of it toward the development of renewable energy technology. (Perhaps the New York Times can help Mr. Dean "nuance" his way out of that discrepancy.)
But the thrust of Dean's speech was directed at calling Bush a liar -- in so many words -- and calling for multilateralism as a panacea for all our foreign policy problems.
As for Bush being a liar, Dean said he would restore "the credibility that comes from telling the truth," and "honor and integrity by insisting that intelligence be evaluated to shape policy, instead of making it a policy to distort intelligence." These lies about the "lies" is getting old -- and I doubt it's playing well, except among the fire-breathing Bush-haters.
As for multilateralism, Dean said, "the administration launched the war in the wrong way, at the wrong time, with inadequate planning, insufficient help and at unbelievable cost. ... An administration prepared to work with others in true partnership might have been able, if it found no alternative to Saddam's ouster, to then rebuild Iraq with far less cost and risk."
"Multilateralism" is the Democrats' substitute for a real foreign policy, their favorite excuse to avoid taking action, and their favorite tool to taint Republican foreign policy successes. If only we'd had the cooperation of more nations, everything would have been miraculously better.
Sorry, Mr. Dean, but the voting public -- except, perhaps, for heavy pockets in the intelligence-saturated blue states -- isn't going to accept the mindless notion that foreign policy successes become failures because we didn't have every nation on board, or because certain European leftist nations balked at the proper course of action.
While some in the media treated Dean's speech as newsworthy, it was just more of the same. The truth is that neither Dean nor any of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls have anything to sell the American people in their foreign policy inventory -- so they're fabricating phantom goods. I'm betting they won't sell any better.
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