Another "miserable failure"?

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 20, 2003

Libya has agreed to allow international inspectors to verify and dismantle that country's WMDs. President Bush and British PM Tony Blair had been negotiating with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for about nine months.

If you take a look at the calendar, you'll find that the trilateral talks (note that Gadhafi approached the U.S. and U.K. and not the French and Germans or even Kofi Annan) began right around the time the coalition began its attacks on Iraq.

Has Bush's doctrine of pre-emption and strong stand against terrorism and its supporters made the world a safer place?

With today's announcement, the answer is clear.

The left wing of the blogoshpere, however, appears to be in shock at the news. After checking some of the usual suspects, specifically most of the top of Atrios' blogroll, I can find no substantive mention (I did find some comments in an open thread about the various ways of spelling Gadhafi's name) of what is the top story in today's New York Times, Washington Post and San Diego Union-Tribune.

It shouldn't take long for the left that to move through what is becoming the normal stages of Bush Derangement Syndrome: A) This is a good thing for peace in the world; B) This is a bad thing for Democrat presidential hopefuls; C) This would've happened sooner if we'd gotten a "real coalition" to negotiate with Ghadafi; D) The United States and its citizens are no safer after Bush's announcement than they were before.

The left is losing whatever intellectual honesty it once could claim to possess as it makes ever more foolish statements in order to deny offering anything other than backhanded praise to the Bush administration.


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