Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.
He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.
Imagine having a wise, responsible, and inspiring president. The more I learn about Obama, the more I like him. Let the conservatives call him Hussein Osama. Let the racists lament that he's not "really" black. Let FOX report breathlessly that he's an al-Qaida sleeper agent and that -- gasp -- he smokes!
The majority of Americans will see him for who he is and the promise he holds for a return to reasonableness in government. He may never reach the 30% of Americans who still support President Bush but I think he has a great chance to win the general election.