Thursday, July 01, 2004

Smart Moves

Two American politicians made smart moves this week. (Yes, I know that seems like an oxymoron.) The first was Paul Bremer’s handover of power to the interim Iraqi government two days early. The second was John Kerry’s look at a Kerry/Edwards ticket.

I’m under no illusion that things in Iraq will be easy or that peace will magically come. Still, the handover of power to the Iraqis, even though American troops remain present, is the first real sign that Americans have no intention of making Iraq an imperial American state. It had to have some impact on the everyday Iraqi, and it now makes it clear that the excuse of Muslim unity for terrorist activity no longer holds. Attacks will continue; but the longer they go on and the more Iraqis the insurgents kill, the more support within the country they will lose. They are on a timer, now.

In this country, I was pretty excited to hear that Kerry was thinking about asking Edwards to run as his Vice President. I believe a Kerry/Edwards ticket would have a strong chance at defeating Bush/Cheney. I’ve said that before, and I’m hoping it will happen. Kerry really doesn’t have much of a chance if he picks anyone else.

As for me, my smart move will be to take a few days off, and that includes from this blog. I’ll pick it back up after the July 4th long holiday.

To you and yours, have a safe and fun 4th of July.