Along the Tracks

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Condensed version

In the Washington Post, David Broder offers his explanations to a series of questions about Iraq policy in his dry style, never explicitly giving his opinion, yet closing with the observation that Bush believes this is the right thing to do - and implying Broder does too.

Meanwhile, Michael Kelly has a devastating overview of the career of German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, a man who in his early career was more intimately connected with terrorism than Saddam Hussein.

The Akron Beacon Journal blames the NATO dustup on ... yawn .... oh, where was I? Right, right - blames it on Bush’s unilateralism.

The Detroit Free Press sees it just the opposite, saying while the U.N. is for debate, NATO is for defense and members must uphold their obligations.

In its usual anti-Bush tizzy, the Toledo Blade - one of America’s worst newspapers - blames the obvious bureaucratic bungling which is holding up compensation for the family of assassinated diplomat Lawrence Foley on “compassionate conservatism.” (Aside: Particularly galling is the Blade’s reference to Foley’s death as a “martyrdom,” echoing the phrase used by Islamic terrorists describing suicide operations. Nice touch, editors.)

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