Tuesday, August 03, 2004[posted by jaed at 11:33 AM]
Dept of "I may never vote for a Democrat again"
Senator Carl Levin has been talking to unnamed foreign leaders about the upcoming election:
Levin said he has talked to foreign leaders about potential changes in their Iraq policies after the U.S. election. "Nobody is going to say what the details of the deal are. They simply report to us that distrust of the administration is so intense that you can't take a risk" and deploy troops to Iraq, he said.So much for the general courtesy of noninterference in other democracies' elections, when some of our officials seem to be downright inviting it. He says, when asked, that he's "not going to negotiate" in the name of the United States, but it sounds to me as though that's exactly what he's been doing. (And when Kerry was saying similar things a few months ago it likewise sounded like that.)
"I'm not going to tell you which foreign leaders, because I'd be breaking the confidence of foreign leaders that I've met," said Levin, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Which leads us inexorably to the next question: have these gentlemen made commitments to these unnamed foreign leadcrs in exchange for their assistance? Perhaps for their public or private support, or for statements in opposition to Bush? Perhaps for a commitment not to cooperate with Bush, since such a commitment at this point would be helpful to him? (Of course, it would be helpful to the country too... but then, if you've decided ABB is the only policy, would that matter? "Partisanship stops at the water's edge" is only meaningful to those who see a value higher than their party's interests.)
Rather ugly thoughts, but these sorts of comments followed by coyness about the details seem to me to invite such thoughts.
Particularly after, on the eve of war, three Democratic congressmen went to Baghdad and announced to the world that they considered Saddam Hussein more trustworthy than George Bush, and the Democratic Caucus didn't bat an eyelash over it. They may have forgotten that incident, but I have not, and it's of a piece with what Levin is saying and what Kerry has said.