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Congress Passes War Resolution

Here is the Washington Post story on Friday. Note that all the Democratic presidential hopefuls voted in favor, and the only Democrat Senator in a tough race this fall to vote against is Minnesota’s Paul Wellstone. This is the text of the resolution.

The short of it is that Bush has shaped the international debate in exactly the way he has wanted. He will now get a very strong U.N. resolution that will mean that he will also have a coalition. And, most important, we might get our way without crying havoc and let slip the dogs of war. This is impressive, even if some of his opponents think (still!) that it has been haphazardly done. In other words some think all this is an accident. This is no accident. This is the kind of design that both Aristotle and Machiavelli (never mind Sun Tzu) would agree is prudent. Besides, it is not true that virtue has no friends. This news story makes clear that this resolution is much better and stronger than the one his father got twelve years ago. The story in USA Today makes clear, in short form, how the White House did this.

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