liberal oasis explains it all
Liberal Oasis, like myself, is sick of hearing the enormously dishonest characterization that the only alternative to war Bush's way is "doing nothing," as Bush himself implied in the State of the Union.
Let’s get something straight [emphasis in the original] once and for all.
This is not a choice between war and nothing.
No one...is assuming the best of Saddam.
And it’s completely dishonest to characterize the majority of Americans who are against unilateral war as believing as such.
Dubya said on Wednesday, “We're having an honest debate in this country.”
Well, we are. But you’re not participating.
And, as if it were necessarily, let me point out that the international community wasn't "doing nothing about Saddam even before Bush took office; sanctions were in place, and the US and UK patrolled the no-fly zones as they do today. One could argue the efficacy of the sanctions, but my perception of the weapons inspectors findings seems to indicate they were at least somewhat successful--no one can point to bulging weapons caches, and there seems to be no evidence at all that Saddam has a nuclear program. Bush's relentless repetition of this bogus dualism undersores the wakness of his case yet again. It implies that he isn't willing to argue his war as the best of all possible alternatives--just as better than nothing (which seems to be something of an administration theme for promoting half-baked policy).
(via Counterspin Central)