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March 9 2003 1:42 AM

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Kenneth Pollack on The Case for Invading Iraq.

Writers on The Storm:Kenneth Pollack, author of The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq, responds to Chris Suellentrop's Assessment here. Pollack sees U.S. foreign policy caught between the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, "given how far down the road the Bush Administration has taken us, I think that we have no realistic choice but to go to war this year." And yet

I think the Administration has handled the diplomacy and public diplomacy of coalition building very poorly, and I am deeply concerned about the impact this will have both on postwar reconstruction and on our ability to garner allies for the inevitable next crisis.

Personally, he is clearly tired of "[h]aving had my name tossed around so often by so many who seem to have read only the subtitle of my book" and seems to concur with Suellentrop that "A more appropriate subtitle for the book would have been The Case for Rebuilding Afghanistan, Destroying al-Qaida, Setting Israel and Palestine on the Road to Peace, and Then, a Year or Two Down the Road After Some Diplomacy, Invading Iraq," when he says The Case for Invading Iraq "was not my choice!" ... 10:40 p.m.

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Friday, Mar. 7, 2003

I feel your contractual obligations: William Saletan points up Bush's inability to see where other countries are "coming from" in contrast to Clinton. In response, Thomas attacks and scribe57 defends the deadlocked internationalism of the Clinton years (not that deadlocked in the case of Kosovo …). Loran wonders if discretion isn't the better part of leadership here. The amusing part:

If Bush were to speculate about other's feelings or motivations would he be doing his country any favors by saying what he thinks? How would this answer play?—

"I don't know, Hutch, I think the French and the Russians have got too much investment and oil contract opportunities on the line to back what is obviously best for the world in the long term."

or

"Those Chinese are just busting my balls because they want me to placate the Koreans and give a little on the One China Policy"...

Really, is that what you expect him to do? …

Starring George Clooney in his Jim Byrd  mustache: Before it gets lost in the Fray sands of time, check out EarlyBird's critique of Neal, er, Ken Pollack's Iraq-war timeline here. For EB, Pollock wants "The Perfect Invasion" "I thought we had a Threatening Storm here, Mr. Pollack, not a Twenty Percent Chance of Light Showers" ...

Dead heds: Apologies for yesterday's lame hed. Rob_said_that proves  he can write better headlines than I can ... 7 out of 10 times. ... 8:50 a.m.

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Thursday, Mar. 6, 2003

Greased enlightening: The Fray immediately jumps on Michael Kinsley's theory  that making his oil buddies happy is Bush's ulterior motive in the war for Iraq. If the point is to keep prices up, says Thomas here,