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Subject:  Re: served by criticism Date:  9/17/2001  7:22 PM
Author:  warisproduct Number:  14422 of 27873

He has approached this tragedy like it's an election campaign, trying to build a political consensus for war. What he doesn't understand is that the consensus is already there, and he needs to use it productively.

Bull***t. Iran and Pakistan are 'allies' only in the sense that they have something we need now. We have to work on them, gain their cooperation -- or threaten it.

If his advisor's don't understand their constituents, how the hell are they going to understand the enemy?

I'm not sure what your point is here. His advisors probably understand the enemy more than they do America. Perhaps your confusing an international consensus with an American consensus, he clearly has the latter - he wants the former.

No one is telling us what we need to hear: that we cannot abandon our principles in the pursuit of the perpetrators, that we have to be prepared to lead in peace as well as war, that we will weigh every option and hold ourselves to the highest standards of justice in our response, that it is as important to find out why as it is to find out who.

You seem to be judging the administration on the things it hasn't done. It hasn't sacrificed our "principles" -- whatever those are. It hasn't acted rashly.

And what is your idea of "real leadership"? None of this has happened before. Going off on a Republican President, that's all.

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