September 19, 2004

by Reb Yudel
What a waste it is to waste one's allies

As Matthew Y. explains, Once Bitten, Twice Shy:

A little while back, Laura Rozen took a break from her regularly scheduled neocon-bashing to express consternation over European fecklessness with regard to the Iranian nuclear program.

Feckless our European friends may be, but who can really blame them?

Has anyone done themselves any favors over the past four years by working with George W. Bush or by putting their faith in the Bush administration's intelligence estimates? Of course not. Everyone -- from Ted Kennedy on NCLB, to the Senate Democrats who cooperated on the Medicare bill, to Tony Blair and the other "liberal hawks" on Iraq, to the men and women who've volunteered to serve in the United States military -- who's acted with anything other than maximal distrust of the Bush administration has gotten screwed. Royally.

Some people have lost their lives.

Josť Maria Aznar lost his job, and John Howard may lose his. Colin Powell lost his reputation. Many of us have merely suffered shame and embarassment.

But virtually no one is better off than they would have been had they just steered clear.

The only exceptions are cold, calculating, ruthless men -- Vladimir Putin, Ariel Sharon, Hu Jintao, Ahmed Chalabi, Iyad Allawi -- who've managed to play Bush rather than getting played.

One can't expect any reasonable people anywhere to cooperate in good faith with the United States government over the next four years if the president is re-elected and that's just the way it is.

If I were a foreign minister somewhere and Colin Powell headed for my door, I'd run. Fast.

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