Roger L. Simon

Party Politics is not only dead... Part II

Back on 6/13/2003 I put up a post based on that great Claudette Colbert (okay, Preston Sturges) line from Palm Beach Story: “Chivalry is not only dead, it’s decomposed!” The same, I wrote then and continue to feel [You haven’t matured, I see.-ed.], can be said of party politics in our country today. Witness the new so-called debate on Iraq WMD intelligence, which is now in its fourth (or is it fifth?) iteration. Democrats who once supported this war are lining up to disassociate themselves for political reasons (although no one could be truly be able to evaluate the policy’s success for many years). Statesmanship? Forget it. As Senator John Cornyn points out in a noteworthy speech today, no one in Clinton’s party seems to recall what their President said as recently as 1998.

“Heavy as they are, the costs of action must be weighed against the price of inaction. If Saddam defies the world and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future. Saddam will strike again at his neighbors; he will make war against his own people. And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them.”

Oh, I forgot. They didn’t find the WMDs. [But what about AQ Khan’s phone number in Saddam’s pocket?-ed. He’d never use it.]