March 8, 2003
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War

Though polls say that Americans want a war, that's not how it looks from ground level. I don't know anybody who is really eager to turn on the artillery. And a lot of people are looking over their shoulder at Korea. What, exactly, is urgent in Iraq but not urgent in Korea?

As Brady wrote, we're marching into the future, shoulder to shoulder with Micronesia. The problem with this tongue-tied administration isn't just the silly slips the president makes whenever he's not completely scripted. It's the sense that nobody quite knows what they're saying, so nobody quite knows what the US really means, or wants.

That makes a dangerous situation explosive.