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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

RANDOM THOUGHTS


There are so many Bush administrative actions to be addressed and corrected that I'm not quite ready to suggest all that the Democrats should try to do. However, since so many viewers depend on this blog for guidance, I will offer some comment.

On Iraq, it seems that both the Republicans and the Democrats are eagerly awaiting the report of the study group headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton. Mr. Bush hopes to use the report as cover for changing past decisions and courses that have not worked. The Democrats can use the report as cover for the fact that they have no idea what to do about Iraq.

In fact, no one has a clear idea of what course is most likely to succeed, or at least fail without the most dire consequences. The expected study group recommendation of trying to engage Syria and Iran in helping to solve the crisis lest it result in turmoil that harms them certainly seems worth a try. We should be talking to them anyway. I don't have a lot of hope for success with this approach. In other trouble spots, such as Rwanda, Lebanon, and Somalia, the neighboring nations were of little help.

I have tended to favor the the three-part solution, with the U.S. and, we would hope, other nations protecting against clashes and ensuring fair oil revenue sharing. But we can't impose this and a successful result is certainly not guaranteed.

Other prioities, such as global warming and tax cuts and other fiscal matters, to be addressed later.

In the meantime, it is heartening to note that recent scientific studies support increased consumption of red meat, wine, and chocolate.

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