Former Senator Lincoln Chafee on Bush Speech


Former Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) has settled in at his new fellowship perch at Brown University’s Watson Institute — and is speaking out in the press about America’s foreign policy mess nearly as much as former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
Here is what Senator Chafee had to say about President Bush’s speech recently:

Reflecting on Bush’s speech afterward at the Institute, Chafee noted that: “To me, what the President seems to be ignoring is the recommendation that we have a better relationship with Iraq’s neighbors. He didn’t mention one word in his speech about a better relationship with the Iranians and the Syrians, in particular, but also Iraq’s other neighbors — the Turks, the Saudis, the Jordanians, and the Kuwaitis.”
On a more personal note, Chafee added that “I can’t help but deplore the daily horrors coming from what we grew up studying as the cradle of civilization, the Valley of the Tigris and Euphrates, where human beings first learned the rule of law and an alphabet.”

More later.
— Steve Clemons


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