"We're happy to have the help of the countries we got the help of, but we didn't get the U.N. resolution we wanted," he replied.
And, "I don't see any troops on the ground other than Britain."
Australia, I offered. (The Australian embassy says there are 1,000 Aussies in the region.)
Gephardt: "And a few Aussies."
The U.S. Defense Department later noted that more than a dozen countries have personnel on the ground in or around Iraq.
What's more, what Gephardt called unilateral was an effort that attracted 47 other countries. In the name of multinationalism, Gephardt somehow found fault with the "so-called coalition of the willing."
Obviously, the definition of unilateral in the Democrats' dictionary is: multilateral, but not in lockstep with the United Nations. And U.N. really means: Our Betters in France and Germany, since those countries pummeled dissenting views from Eastern European countries. I'll add, the entrance of Polish and Spanish troops in Iraq escaped Gephardt's notice.
Gephardt's biggest problem is that he knows the war was right, but he feels pressured to carp.
When a reporter voiced skepticism that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Gephardt bristled, "I find it a little strange that some of us seem to want to believe Saddam Hussein."
Me, too. But then I'm not running in the Democratic primary.