i'll go further than that
The Intellectual Passivist raises a point of order about a headline in The Wall Street Journal's opinion section (not linked):
I don’t do war commentary, but I would like to raise a point of order. The Wall Street Journal has an editorial in last Thursday’s editions under the title “Bush makes the case for regime change in Iraq.” Is that really the issue? It’s doubtful you’d find anyone arguing there shouldn’t be a new government in Baghdad. The issue is whether the U.S. should use military force to impose a regime change.
Heck, I can make the case for regime change in Canada, but I’m not ready to have the League of Women Voters and the Mississippi National Guard storm Ottawa.
Again, this is not a substantial comment on the validity of action against Iraq. This is more of a critique of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial thinking.
Actually, whether The Intellectual Passivist wants it or not, it is a substantial commentary about the validity of war with Iraq. I'm sure we could come up with a laundry list of nations for which it'd be in the US interest to see a "regime change": Iran, Cuba, Saui Arabia, the Sudan, maybe China, maybe even France. But even granting it's in our national interest to see a new government, international law (and yes, Steven Den Beste, there is such a thing as international law on this point) prohibits us from simply installing a friendly regime by force just because we want to. I might also point out that even when we've done so covertly--say, in Iran--it hasn't always worked out in our long-term interest. And history has demonstrated--take Japan and Germany on the positive side and Afghanistan on the negative--that it isn't sufficient to simply give an unfriendly regime the boot. Bush said during the 2000 campaign that he isn't into "nation building," and he seems to be demonstrating that aversion in Afghanistan. That does not inspire a great deal of confidence that the Administration has workable plans--optimism that everything'll be hunky dory certainly does not count--for the government of Iraq if and when a "regime change" is effected by whatever means.