Krauthammer gets it, too.
American critics, beginning with the secretary of state, object to this goal of destroying Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority. As The Washington Post explained in an editorial, we need the continued presence of “the leadership of the Palestinian Authority as well as its principal security services,” because they have been “the only available instruments for stopping Palestinian terrorism.”
Good God. Instruments for stopping terrorism? They are instruments for aiding and abetting, equipping and financing, supporting and glorifying terrorism, which they call “martyrdom operations.” The question of capabilities is irrelevant. Of course they have the capability. But they have no intention of exercising it. [Emphasis in original]
Rummy knows this. Bush knows this. Hell, even Powell knows this.
Don’t let the headlines fool you.