February 09, 2003

Dear Joshka--You Are No Longer

Dear Joshka--You Are No Longer a Neo-Marxist Street Protestor

Many of you likely caught the footage of German Foreign Minister Fischer's theatrical message to Rumsfeld at the Munich security conference yesterday. Switching from German to English and addressing Rumsfeld directly, Fischer blabbered on a bit about how he remain unconvinced of the pressing need for a war in Iraq now and couldn't sell it to his people at this stage. Looking like a bit politician playing to his Green Party constituency and acting very unlike a Foreign Minister--all told, a very sad performance. It would be laughable, really, were it not for sober warnings from the likes of Joe Lieberman (also attending the same Munich conference) that: "It seems to me that the current division we have over policy towards Iraq is the most substantial challenge the alliance has faced since the end of the Cold War."

The Germans (along with the French) appear to be cooking up a new plan to triple the amount of inspectors in Iraq and send in U.N. troops with them. Bosnia on the Tigris? Will Dominique de Villepin please explain how increasing the amount of inspectors will lead us to Saddam's banned arsenal? Did not Colin Powell's presentation show the international community what lengths Saddam will go to to hide his WMD-capability (moving about the WMD in mobile units, death threats communicated to overly cooperative scientists, "sanitization" of sites and likely infilitration of the inspection teams themselves by informants)?

I would have expected such an irresponsible performance by Chancellor Schroeder's tottering government. I am shocked Chirac would lend his reputation to such a plan.

Read a solid piece on Rumsfeld's Munich junket and Fischer's farcical performance here.

Posted by Gregory at February 9, 2003 11:16 AM
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