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March 19, 2004

Let's Ask the Judges

On March 1, I predicted that Andrew Sullivan would — sooner than later — argue something similar to this:

A lot of the initial gutsy moves required to kick off the War on Terror have already been made. Once in office, Kerry wouldn't pull back on that progress, and what we need now is a President who will refocus international cooperation toward the group effort of the more-subtle work that lays ahead.

Today, he comes close enough that I have to ask the judges if it gets me on the scoreboard:

Here's a question worth asking: whatever John Kerry's record, could he afford in office to be weak on terror? Wouldn't he be obliged to continue Bush's policies in Iraq and Afghanistan and even, as he has already promised, actually increase troop levels in those countries? I don't think it's out of the question. ...

Although I hope Poland stays the course in Iraq, I do think [its President] has a point [about WMD concerns]. and he's not the only one. A considerable number of Americans - including many in the pro-war camp - believe this administration has not been forthright enough about the reasons for the intelligence failure.

Perhaps he's not there, just yet, but Sullivan is certainly close, and certainly on the right trajectory.

Posted by Justin Katz at March 19, 2004 12:25 PM