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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

# Posted 11:28 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Both Kos and Jim Hoagland have blasted the administration for signing a ceasefire with the People's Mujahedeen, a pro-Iranian terrorist group with 10,000 fighters in Iraq.

Kos' spin on the story is that Bush is going soft on the Mujahedeen because it was the Clinton administration that initially designated them as a terrorist organization. Talk about partisanship going overboard . Hoagland defends the considerably more intelligent hypothesis that the Bush administration's September 10th realism has begun to challenge its more recent commitment to moral clarity.

As Hoagland observers, the State Department is now recommending that the administration come to terms with Qaddafi's Libya. Given the administration's rising comfort level with dictators in Pakistan, Uzbekistan and elsewhere, Qaddafi might just fit in at Foggy Bottom.

As you might have guessed, my ultimate concern when it comes to moral clarity is that this resurgence of faux "realism" will endanger the administration's commitment to promoting democracy in Iraq. So keep your fingers crossed.
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