Fareed Zakaria makes a good

Fareed Zakaria makes a good point poorly in his latest Newsweek column, in which he argues that the US must follow through with its threat to impose “serious consequences” on Iraq or we’ll lose all credibility. Of course, this is actually a UN threat. And the nonsensical closing paragraph doesn’t help the argument: “A senior Asian diplomat told me recently that prior to this month he had never fully understood the saying ‘When you have drawn your sword you must use it. I always thought the phrase didn’t make any sense,’ he said. ‘One could always just put the sword back in. But watching the current confrontation between the United States and Iraq, it’s clear. You’ve drawn your sword. Now you must use it.'” Uh huh.

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