And don’t think that Brad De Long has a chance at being objective. Excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall in despair:
And don’t think Colin Powell is going to become White House Chief of Staff and save us:
Sanctions exist — not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein’s ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction … And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.
Press Briefing in Cairo
February 24, 2001
If Iraq had disarmed itself, gotten rid of its weapons of mass destruction over the past 12 years, or over the last several months since (UN Resolution) 1441 was enacted, we would not be facing the crisis that we now have before us.
Interview with Radio France International
February 28, 2003
Can the University of California, Berkeley find an economics professor that (a) can see the forest for the trees (b) understands that September 11th changed everyone’s perspective on foreign policy (c) knows that you can take pieces of any statement, juxtapose against another piece of a statement that the person made, and make it look contradictory. I’m not sure that Prof. De Long is capable of clicking a link that he, himself pointed to in his post. The first press briefing quote was a response to a question about Arab press reaction to the US’s policy of enforcing UN sanctions. The second quote was in response to a question about US’s policy to enforce UN resolution 1441.
Almost surely, Powel, in both quotes, is discussing the administration’s consistent policy of working with the UN!