What a plan!

by Nathan Hamm on 4/23/2004

I’ve tried to shy away from US domestic politics lately, but I can’t hold it in any longer.

John Kerry’s pandering is really beginning to piss me off. I don’t buy any of his “tough talk” as the least bit genuine and his “plans” consist of broad generalities with a focus-group tested blandness. It’s a damned shame because I’m not particularly impressed with Bush and his excessive commitment to ideology over facts (I respect a commitment to principles, but, c’mon!).

What’s really been rubbing me wrong is John Kerry’s fawning devotion to the UN as a panacea to all of Iraq’s problems. The heart of his criticism of Bush’s handling of post-war Iraq is that there just needs to be more UN involvement:

“But he won’t transfer to the UN the real authority for determining how the government emerges, how we will do the reconstruction of Iraq. . . .

“If I’m president, I will not only personally go to the UN, I will go to other capitals. . . . I will immediately reach out to other nations in a very different way from this administration. Within weeks of being inaugurated, I will return to the UN and I will literally, formally rejoin the community of nations and turn over a proud new chapter in America’s relationship with the world.”

Now, I think Kerry has a fairly simplistic and naive view of the international sphere (the world ain’t all Care Bears and rainbows just waiting for us to hug it) and that his answers seem like just the kind of thing the Passat crowd is looking to eat up. However, now that the Oil for Food program is actually being investigated, is the UN really the crowd of people we want directing reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

You can bitch and moan about your Halliburtons and your Bechtels (why doesn’t anyone do the same about Siemens?) all day, but how much involvement should we feel obligated to give the people who brought you this? If journalists are worth their salt, they’ll start asking John Kerry that same question.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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