Thinking Big

Beinart, Peter
December 2003
New Republic;12/29/2003-1/12/2004, Vol. 229 Issue 26-28, p6
Presents speculation about what effect the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will have on the campaigns U.S. presidential candidates who opposed the war in Iraq. Argument that, while the capture of Saddam says nothing about whether the Iraq war was a good idea on an intellectual level, emotionally, it makes it much harder to oppose the war; Reasons why the capture provokes emotional reactions, including the news that Iraqis celebrated the capture and the feeling among Americans that the arrest of Saddam represents revenge for past terrorist attacks; Argument that Bush is winning the Iraq debate because he had a big idea, and the Democrats need a large cause of their own to counter Bush's; Argument the Democrats should advocate sending troops to the Afghan-Pakistani border to help eradicate terrorism.


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