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that these NSDs may be wrong on facts, but right on politics. Americans did not want to hear, after 9/11, that kicking Ay-rab ass was not the solution; now, Americans do not (yet?) want to hear from their leaders that they have lost a war, even if it's true.

Could things have changed if these NSDs had stood to Bush in 2002 and said, this is insane? We'll never know, but I suspect they would have been brushed aside and branded traitors, appeasers, etc... like the rest of the opponents.

Would it be easier now to pick the pieces? Yep. They did bet on Bush's ability to succeeds in a totally hopeless task, and for that they deserve all our scorn, for abandoning their principles, betting on a political opponent (especially one that was never going to give them anything in return), and losing badly.

But don't think that Europeans underestimate how much that mindset was set in American circles. It was precisely because the mindset was so widespread, and that there effectively was so little opposition internally, that European opposition became so visible and so significant politically. We did try to warn them.

Now we are all stuck in the mess, but those that created it in the first place should be taken with a big grain of salt before anything they say is seriously considered again.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Aug 16th, 2005 at 11:47:40 AM EST

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