January 14, 2004


Nine years ago Vermont governor Howard Dean wrote a letter to President Clinton. Extracts:

Dear Mr. President:

After long and careful thought, and after several years of watching the gross atrocities committed by the Bosnian Serbs, I have reluctantly concluded that the efforts of the United Nations and NATO in Bosnia are a complete failure.

Since it is clearly no longer possible to take action in conjunction with NATO and the United Nations, I have reluctantly concluded that we must take unilateral action.

Yours sincerely, Howard Dean M.D., Doomed Presidential Candidate of 2004.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 14, 2004 10:07 PM

and he's a typical "air power can solve everything" turd to boot

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at January 14, 2004 at 10:32 PM

Damn cowboy vermontians.

Posted by: LB at January 14, 2004 at 10:54 PM

it's that 'green mountain boys' legacy. shameful. they should pay reparations to the british.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at January 14, 2004 at 11:03 PM

Of course, at the time plenty of republicans were preventing the US from going in "unilaterally". And I think those of us who did support the Iraq war to get rid of Saddam and the Baathists wish that had been stressed even more than the false WMD claims.

I'm glad we went in both places (as a left of left kinda guy even). And I think we have an obligation to wipe out more regimes like theirs, even ones we helped to put into place or long ignored. Rwanda, the Congo, and soon Zimbabwe are horrors that we looked away from and still hope not to notice. :/

Posted by: Doc at January 14, 2004 at 11:10 PM

Can you believe the balls on this prick? He dodged Viet Nam on some bludge and then he's talking about sending in guys to Kosovo whose problems have absolutely no effect on anybody else in the world. Unbelievable.

Posted by: gaz at January 15, 2004 at 12:13 AM

Is Dean a Rove plant?

Posted by: Tongue Boy at January 15, 2004 at 01:49 AM


Posted by: JP at January 15, 2004 at 02:48 AM

Does anyone know if this was a public letter or what the circumstances surrounding are? Isn't it interesting that just as the Clinton's stalking horse looks to be picking up some traction, something like this surfaces? Classic Clinton style.

Posted by: Paul at January 15, 2004 at 03:08 AM

But, doc, Africa's phrawnce's sphere of influence. They'll get it right eventually. After all, Old Europe is much wiser and we must defer to their knowledge and experience.

Posted by: Sandy P. at January 15, 2004 at 05:27 AM

Paul, As Mark Steyn has pointed out, Wes Clark is a PANTOMIME stalking horse.

Posted by: Toryhere at January 15, 2004 at 08:05 AM

"Never write a letter...and never destroy one"

-Cardinal Richelieu

Posted by: Stephen at January 15, 2004 at 04:34 PM