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January 14, 2004

A REAL MOMENT OF DEAN HYPOCRISY

Ok, I nearly missed it among all the similar headliens about supposed Dean gaffes etc. etc.

But this one has some meat - at least for me.

Dean has made quite a big deal about the reckless action of Bush regarding his as-near-as-damnit unilateral action to attack Iraq.

So, it came as quite a surprise to read the following from a letter Dean sent to President Bill Clinton regarding the need to intervene in Kosovo.

The full text of the July 19, 1995 letter is
here.

...We must give, and have given, this policy with our allies and with the United Nations every opportunity to work. It is evident, however, that the cost in human lives in allowing this policy to continue is too great. In addition, and perhaps more importantly for the United States, we are now in a position of ignoring, as many did in the 1940s, one of the worst crimes committed in history. If we ignore these behaviors, no matter where they occur, our moral fiber as a people becomes weakened. As the Catholic Church and others lost credibility during the Holocaust for not speaking out, so will the United States lose credibility and our people lose confidence in themselves as moral beings if the United States does not take action.

Since it is clearly no longer possible to take action in conjunction with NATO and the United Nations, I have reluctantly concluded that we must take unilateral action.
And since when has USA Today broken a non-sports story?

See how this is a strong point against Dean? A lot of the arguments he's using for his position are the same as those from the Rove administration. The words are clear. "Unilateral" is used. Without UN and NATO apporval is clear.

Now the rest of the letter provides a few qualifiers, but this is a clear 180 from his 2003-2004 position.

[Note: As you read the above that the subsequent action from Clinton WAS done with NATO support. Just ask Wesley Clark].

See the Dean campaign rebuttal here. Nothing on Dean's Blog for America.

I still agree with Dean's main point - but this clear and unspun letter does raise the specter of two-facedness regarding Dean's support for such a unilateral action.