Profiles in Convenience.

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      928120 International Affairs
      926110 Administration of General Economic Programs
      911420 International assistance
      921110 Executive Offices
      921120 Legislative Bodies
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    • Abstract:
      The author comments on the failure of Wesley Clark and several other Democratic presidential candidates to take a clear positions on whether they would vote to approve President George W. Bush's request from Congress for $87 billion to fund the military occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. In 1982 Colin Powell called Wesley Clark "an officer of the rarest potential." Unfortunately, the paeans to Clark's character, courage and leadership came during a week when he was showing none of the above with regard to the $87 billion that President Bush has requested to maintain the American military presence in Iraq and begin the reconstruction of that country. An aide told me that Clark favored two separate bills. One would be money for the troops; the other would be for reconstruction. Sounds great. Trouble is, that's not what Congress was voting on last week. It was voting on the $87 billion, up or down. In that case, the aide said, Clark would have to be opposed. Clark was not alone in this embarrassment. I had similar conversations with representatives of the Howard Dean and John Kerry campaigns. To be fair, the Democrats' near inchoate indignation is understandable. Bush has got us into a real mess in Iraq. Despite last week's tepid support from the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. will not be receiving very much military or financial aid from the world because there is continuing outrage over America's unilateral decision to go to war. But these are not plausible reasons to oppose the $87 billion. My guess is that each of the Democratic presidential candidates who "opposed" the $87 billion would have voted the opposite way if his vote had been critical for passage. Is it too much to ask that politics be put aside on this one issue of transcendent importance, where lives are literally at stake?
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    • ABNT:
      KLEIN, J. Profiles in Convenience. TIME Magazine, [s. l.], v. 162, n. 17, p. 23, 2003. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Klein J. Profiles in Convenience. TIME Magazine. 2003;162(17):23. Accessed September 25, 2020.
    • APA:
      Klein, J. (2003). Profiles in Convenience. TIME Magazine, 162(17), 23.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Klein, Joe. 2003. “Profiles in Convenience.” TIME Magazine 162 (17): 23.
    • Harvard:
      Klein, J. (2003) ‘Profiles in Convenience’, TIME Magazine, 162(17), p. 23. Available at: (Accessed: 25 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Klein, J 2003, ‘Profiles in Convenience’, TIME Magazine, vol. 162, no. 17, p. 23, viewed 25 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Klein, Joe. “Profiles in Convenience.” TIME Magazine, vol. 162, no. 17, Oct. 2003, p. 23. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Klein, Joe. “Profiles in Convenience.” TIME Magazine 162, no. 17 (October 27, 2003): 23.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Klein J. Profiles in Convenience. TIME Magazine [Internet]. 2003 Oct 27 [cited 2020 Sep 25];162(17):23. Available from: