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Wrong Path to War -- E. J. Dionne Jr.
Wrong Path to War

By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Tuesday, October 7, 2003; Page A25

President Bush should be searching his soul over how he took a legitimate war against terrorism and systematically undermined the support he needed to wage it.

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush's domestic opponents and much of the world joined him in supporting tough action against terror and agreeing on the urgent need to advance the values of democracy, free expression and tolerance.

That sense of shared purpose has evaporated. It was destroyed less because of what our enemies and wayward friends did than by the administration's almost casual disregard for the link between facts and arguments. The president used the tactics of a political campaign to sell the war in Iraq. Now comes the fallout.

It's increasingly obvious that the administration was willing to say whatever was necessary to get the Iraq war done on its schedule. It made the war a partisan electoral issue in 2002 and turned off potential allies abroad. The president lost the high ground that he and the United States occupied when our forces waged war on al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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