DATE: 1/14/2004 01:03:00 PM
The Letter - USA Today has a copy of a letter Governor Howard Dean sent to President Bill Clinton regarding the situation in Kosovo. An excerpt:
We must give, and have given, this policy with our allies and with the United Nations every opportunity to work. It is evident, however, that the cost in human lives in allowing this policy to continue is too great. In addition, and perhaps more importantly for the United States, we are now in a position of ignoring, as many did in the 1940s, one of the worst crimes committed in history. If we ignore these behaviors, no matter where they occur, our moral fiber as a people becomes weakened. As the Catholic Church and others lost credibility during the Holocaust for not speaking out, so will the United States lose credibility and our people lose confidence in themselves as moral beings if the United States does not take action.
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.Will this make any difference with his supporters? Probably not, as they obviously have the same partisan leanings: 'Democrat military action good; Republican military action bad.' Should Dean win the nomination, though, this will certainly hurt him in terms of credibility.