To expand on my point below, I am not suggesting that the Democrats are balking over regime change in Iraq because they are thinking like lawyers. Rather, I believe they are talking like lawyers because it is the only way they can defend their unprincipled relunctance to support regime change. We know that this reluctance on the part of politicians like Tom Daschle is unprincipled because (a) they took a different position when Clinton was talking about war with Iraq and (b) they took a different position last fall, just before the elections. And because their position is unprincipled, they tend to resort to caviling. Thus, they sound more like hack lawyers than statesmen, or even respectable legislators. Considering the stakes, the American people are not likely to forgive this conduct quickly.
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