teisipäev, märts 23, 2004

8 Months Well Spent

Atrios hits on a very good point here. In 1998, Clinton uses diplomatic pressure to try to get the Taliban to cooperate. When that fails, he starts aiding their opposition. Bush comes into office, throws out Clinton's plan, spends 8 months devising a new one, and what does he come up with? Apply diplomatic pressure. If that fails, starting aiding their opposition.

Yep. Good thing Bush is at the wheel.

It's also worth noting that increasing aid to the opposition is exactly what Richard Clarke was pushing for in January 2001. It takes Bush 8 months to reach the same conclusion and Clarke's the incompetent one?

For what it's worth, I don't think this plan would have been terribly effective, but I guess we'll never know.

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