Great Work

David Brooks brings home the futility of trying to understand John Kerry:

The Iraq problem returned in 1998, and Kerry proved again that there is no world crisis so grave it can’t be addressed with a fusillade of subordinate clauses. Teams of highly trained spelunkers have descended into the darkness of the floor speech he gave on Oct. 10, 1998, searching for meaning, though none have returned alive.

In a characteristic sentence, which admittedly sounds better in the original French, Kerry exclaimed: “We know from our largely unsuccessful attempts to enlist the cooperation of other nations, especially industrialized trading nations, in efforts to impose and enforce somewhat more ambitious standards on nations such as Iran, China, Burma and Syria, that the willingness of most other nations — including a number who are joined in the sanctions to isolate Iraq — is neither wide nor deep to join in imposing sanctions on a sovereign nation to spur it to `clean up its act’ and comport its actions with accepted international norms.”

Can anyone say Churchillian?

Kerry has made clear that if he is elected president, the nation will never face a caveat shortage.

You should read the whole thing.

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  • Man, this kind of thing is disheartening. On the one hand we have a President whose attitude is, “If you’re not with us, you’re agin us.” On the other hand we have this self-styled professional orator who seems not to know what he wants to say.

    I’d like to think he means that it was wrong to embark upon a policy of pre-emptive war. I’d like to think this just as much as I’d like to think that my President’s motives in executing this policy were fully in the best interest of our country and not in the best interest of Haliburton, Bechtel, the American petroleum industry, and George, Sr.

    I’d like to think that George W. Bush was merely erring on the side of caution for our benefit, but unfortunately it still seems that there was something baser at work, like greed or revenge.

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