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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The week of clarity

It's a week of surprises. Yesterday, John Kerry finally made some sense. Today, NY Times columnist David Brooks also makes a lot of sense in his op-ed both praising and attacking Kerry. I agree with Brooks that Kerry's idea of internationalizing the quagmire is a pipedream; I disagree when he says that pulling out would be worse than staying. But I like his conclusion:
Finally, if the whole war is a mistake, shouldn't we stop fighting tomorrow? What do you say to the last man to die for a "profound diversion"?

But that is what the next few weeks are going to be about. This country has long needed to have a straight up-or-down debate on the war. Now that Kerry has positioned himself as the antiwar candidate, it can.