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Friday, December 19
Howard Dean has left the reservation on national security

Jim Geraghty at National Review Online outlines why a Democrat presidential staffer says of Howard Dean and his highly suspect foreign policy team: "Karl Rove will eat this guy alive."

Criticism from National Review is to be expected. But when Dean is "Beyond the Mainstream" by the Washington Post's standards, it's time to catch your breath:

A year ago Mr. Dean told a television audience that "there's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the United States and to our allies," but last weekend he declared that "I never said Saddam was a danger to the United States.". . . The former Vermont governor has compiled a disturbing record of misstatements and contradictions on foreign policy. . . .

Many will agree with the candidate that "the administration launched the war in the wrong way, at the wrong time, with inadequate planning, insufficient help and at unbelievable cost." But most Americans understand Saddam Hussein for what he was: a brutal dictator who stockpiled and used weapons of mass destruction, who plotted to seize oil supplies on which the United States depends, who hated the United States and once sought to assassinate a former president; whose continuing hold on power forced thousands of American troops to remain in the Persian Gulf region for a decade; who even in the months before his overthrow signed a deal to buy North Korean missiles he could have aimed at U.S. bases. The argument that this tyrant was not a danger to the United States is not just unfounded but ludicrous.

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