When sweet words don't work, try the lash
Posted by aogWednesday, 17 December 2003 at 09:15 TrackBack Ping URL

A special envoy from President Bush won unspecified pledges Tuesday from the leaders of France and Germany to reduce Iraq’s crushing foreign debt, U.S. and European officials said.

Washington Post

I must say that I was quite surprised that the Axis of Weasel would rhetorically cave so early in the process. I think it’s reasonable to presume that this is part of the blowback from the declaration of no Iraqi contracts. Just like taking out the Iraqi Ba’ath shows that there are limits to how much you mess with the USA, that declaration showed that President Bush was willing to live with the international approbation of such declarations. That puts some real weight behind Baker, who can say with gravitas “deal with me now, or maybe we’ll just ‘odius debt’ the whole thing”. Imagine that, actions have consequences. Quite a shock to the logo-realists out there.