. . . Thursday March 18, 2004

In a speech included some blistering attacks on John Kerry, VP Cheney made the following statement: “The terrorist enemy holds no territory, defends no population, is unconstrained by rules of warfare, and respects no law of morality. Such an enemy cannot be deterred, contained, appeased, or negotiated with. It can only be destroyed – and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the business at hand.”

Look, I dig the tough talk as much as anyone and the destruction of terrorists is a policy we can all get behind. But aside from destroying the enemy (which many have been trying to do for years), shouldn’t there be a broader and more (to use a now dirty word) nuanced plan as well. Are there other options aside from deterrence, containment, appeasement, or negotiation? One key factor seems to be our ability to motivate others to join the cause. Again today in Spain, we see signs of a key ally unwilling to work with the U.S.

Concentration is important!