"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out." - William Tecumseh Sherman

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Friday, December 17, 2004
  Krauthammer on Syria
I haven't always been impressed with Charles Krauthammer, but today (12/16/04) he blew me away. I saw him on Fox News with Brit Hume, Jeff Birnbaum and Fred Barnes. It was a round table discussion, covering Social Security reform and Syria's interference in Iraq.

His comments on Social Security reform were interesting; while most conservatives are blindly "cheering" Bush and celebrating the end of Social Security, Krauthammer astutely pointed out that most congressmen won't vote for a proper reform. He said something to the effect that they "would vote for a provision that included a free lunch, without essentially changing the system", which he called totally irresponsible. I found that pretty surprising, from a conservative (so few seem to think independently these days).

Even better though, were his comments on Syria. First Fred Barnes properly criticized and made light of the President's "threats" (yes, scare quotes) to Syria and Iran, telling them to stop meddling in Iraq. Barnes called them weak and ineffective, which they absolutely are. Krauthammer then went on to say that there was one solution to Syria, bomb them. Not necessarily declare war, mind you. But give them a swift kick to the gut, letting them know we won't put up with any nonsense. I beamed in my seat, and laughed out loud with joy. Krauthammer said that "bombs are all they understand", and even opined that we should have done so when we first went in.

If I'm fortunate enough to find the transcript for this exchange, I'll be sure to post it so that everyone else can enjoy (somewhat vicariously) the thrill of rational ideas on war.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:54 AM


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