Matthew is still looking for some reason to stay on the pro-war side:
- I know he's regarded by some as little more than a propagandist, but watching an hour and a half of Wolf Blitzer's show has left me feeling more hawkish.
- The alternatives to war — give the inspectors more time, the Walzer "little war", etc. — don't sound to me like they offer any real advantages over war. They won't be cheap, since they involve keeping large numbers of US troops in the region for an indefinite amount of time.
- They won't be very beneficial to the Iraqi people, since they'll keep them suffering under the dual burdens of sanctions and Saddam.
- They won't better equip us to cope with North Korea since it'll require constant, full-time attention from the US diplomatic corps to keep them in place.
- They'll generate less anti-American sentiment abroad than a war would, but not less than the already-considerable amount we're dealing with, and because they'll keep this issue on a constant simmer they all-but-guarantee that America won't turn its image in the world around.