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I disagree with your comments...

  • Americans did rally around Bush and his jingoistic mood, and that lasted for a long time. Criticism was antipatriotic and required a toughness to face ut that not everybody has.

  • NSDs did interiorise the "blame the "blame the USA" mindset" mindset. Thay felt that it was suicidal for liberals, which they still claim to be, to be soft on terror. They bought the "everything changed on 9/11" line uncritically. Kerry was on the "law enforcement" against the "nuisance" of terrorism, a really substantial difference.

  • there were big fights with Clinton all the time. Remember the arguments on the bombing targets in Serbia. Remember the criticism of US "hyperpower". Kerry was seen as a return to sanity, not to good relationships. Some, like Chirac, preferred Bush because he made it so easy, and palatable to many, to be violently critical. Kerry would have forced France to make serious efforts or not been taken seriously by anybody.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 17th, 2005 at 07:12:57 AM EST
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