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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-03-07 10:51 PM
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21. Hi, MATTMAN. Just wanted to butt in here for a moment and
Edited on Sat Feb-03-07 10:52 PM by Old Crusoe
make a comment on Edwards' large steps in recent months in foreign policy.

I'm speaking not in the context of Edwards as a Democratic contender for our nomination, but because the context for leadership and citizenship (in my view anyway) has shifted since the George W. Bush administration.

Language is not Bush's pal. He likely distrusts it. He certainly torments and butchers it in public at every opportunity. Even when he has to deliver a key address, he refuses to hire speech writers to assist, or, the ones he does hire have their fluid words chopped up like kitchen vegetables by Rove or Card or whoever it is who does the chopping. And the final speech sounds like a pastiche instead of coherent language.

And it would be language the Bush administration would have to take into negotiations in the Middle East or with North Korea. The hallmark of their foreign policy is violence against nearly-helpless nations, very likely for oil or some other regional advantage, precipitated by the glaring absence in the belief in or need for negotiation. "Trust us -- Saddam has WPMs -- we have to bomb his ass right now." That kind of positioning.

Edwards -- and other Democrats too -- sounded at that winter meeting like they would have no problem at all with language, and therefore no qualms about sitting down at a table with Syria or Iran.

And that's what's needed, and that's why I think the address Edwards gave goes such a long way toward inspiring faith in that old idea of sitting down and talking things over. Diplomats on all sides know how to do this if they're given half a chance. It begins with language, and Edwards' address yesterday rang true and resonant.

Just my 2-cents' worth.
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