On a business trip t…
On a business trip this week, and on vacation next week, so blogging may be light.

President Bush spoke to the nation last weekend, and one of the things he said was that he was going to approach the international community to ask for help in the reconstruction of Iraq. Some folks are painting this situation as though Bush is going back, contrite, hat in hand, to the UN and ask for the help he didn’t ask for before. The problem is, he spent the better part of a year trying to get the UN to help remove the threat of Hussein, and for his work he got a UN resolution that most of those who passed it didn’t want to enforce. Those who refused to put any meaning behind the threat of force talked a good game about being concerned and wanting to help, blah blah blah.

Well, we, and a large number of countries, went in and did the job that the UN said it wanted done but wouldn’t lift a finger to do. Asking them to now put their money where their mouth is (or was) isn’t any sort of backing down on the part of Bush. It’s simply asking them to pony up for the cost of implementing their own resolution.

The US and the UK paid with the lives of their soldiers. The very least the rest of world can do is commit some money. And Dubya has nothing to hang his head about.

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