Tuesday, December 16, 2003
* Iraq

I just have a couple of points to make about the capture of Saddam. First, this is great news. The fact that it helps Bush is unfortunate, but the fact is that the world is a better place with Saddam in custody.

Second, I'm not so sure that this will, in fact, help Bush in the long run. I think the proper communications strategy for the left is to say, great, now that Saddam is gone, maybe our troops can come home and we can start reducing that $87 billion for Iraq. In short, set up expectations for success. When the facts on the ground begin to indicate that success is not happening, then the capture of Saddam will be seen for what it really is: a great step, but ultimately not sufficient to produce true victory.
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