I just don't see how not negotiating or speaking to one's enemies is a good policy. Weren't we taught to look bullies in the eye? It seems more bullyish than brave and more chickenhearted than courageous to refuse to speak to those who don't obey us. That's what struck me most about this article in the NY Times: U.S. Envoy Says He Met With Iraq Rebels
And meanwhile, we have a list. A huge list. Of supposed people who may do harm to this country. And once you're on the list, you can't get off. The listmasters are overwhelmed.
And to add scariness to the whole scenario, Novak writes: "In half a century, I have not seen a president so isolated from his own party in Congress -- not Jimmy Carter, not even Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment." Now that's an indictment.
How about Chuck Hagel, "Any president who says, I don't care, or I will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about Iraq or anything else, or I don't care what the Congress does, I am going to proceed — if a president really believes that, then there are — what I was pointing out, there are ways to deal with that."
How about me saying, "I miss Nixon."