In my latest Washington Examiner column... I wrote the following two sentences. “But Bush’s coalition that went into Iraq included more than 30 nations, most of them democracies. Kerry’s and Obama’s coalition against the Islamic State includes maybe eight, mostly autocracies.”
What I would have liked to add, but didn’t have space for, was a reference to the description, made by Kerry ... in 2004, to Bush’s coalition as a “trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted.” That description was recalled by...Marc Thiessen in a blogpost titled “Kerry’s coalition against the Islamic State fails his ‘global test’”...
I thought at the time that it was vicious of Kerry, and undermined the credibility of the United States, to characterize Bush’s very large coalition in such negative terms — terms that insulted democracies, including many NATO allies. Thiessen provides a much longer list of those who stood with us and sent ground troops into Iraq in 2003...[Thiessen then goes on to list members of the Coalition of the Willing while forgetting to add Iceland and the two guys they sent to the coalition.] I just hope that in some corner of his mind Secretary Kerry appreciates how contemptible his words were in 2004 and feels just a tiny bit of gratitude that members of the opposition party are refraining from uttering similar words today.
- The Gentle Souled Michael Barone accusing "Liberals"of a conspiracy to "Suppress" the Truth about "coalitions" and things.Now one should remember that Michael Barone has not always acted like a delicate flower. He once called President Obama a "Thug" and unfavorably compared him Vladimir Putin - excepting only "that Putin is an effective thug" in a since deleted blog post that is, unfortunately, still remembered by the wingnet. So one needn't feel sorry for Barone's hurt feelings as he as shown a proclivity to engage in less than seemly behavior in past.
However putting the issue of coalitions aside and any discussion whether it is beneficial for such a coalition to contain Sunni-Muslim countries in the same region including Turkey (if the lamestream media is to believed), one should remember that the only reason that a coalition is needed today is because a former president decided to use "a coalition of the willing" to knock Humpty Dumpty off the wall. But for that fact, there would be no need for all the kings horses and all the kings men to desperately try to put humpty dumpty back together again.
Its kinda of the most important thing that one needs to consider when complaining about the current coalition and whether it was put together too quickly and such. It just wouldn't matter had the last guy not decided that a war in Iraq would result in a reverse domino scenario creating liberal democracy after liberal democracy instead of falling into civil strife between competing groups. But we are where we are.