Finally! Dean says something remotely intelligent

Howard Dean letter

Instapundit notes a USA Today story about a stunning letter from Howard Dean to the president. Of particular note is this passage:

We must give, and have given, this policy with our allies and with the United Nations every opportunity to work. It is evident, however, that the cost in human lives in allowing this policy to continue is too great. In addition, and perhaps more importantly for the United States, we are now in a position of ignoring, as many did in the 1940s, one of the worst crimes committed in history. If we ignore these behaviors, no matter where they occur, our moral fiber as a people becomes weakened. As the Catholic Church and others lost credibility during the Holocaust for not speaking out, so will the United States lose credibility and our people lose confidence in themselves as moral beings if the United States does not take action.

Since it is clearly no longer possible to take action in conjunction with NATO and the United Nations, I have reluctantly concluded that we must take unilateral action.

The letter was written in 1995 to President Clinton about the situation in Bosnia.

But maybe, because the Balkan crisis was precipitated by Ronald Reagan winning the Cold War, it was all okay.

The Instapundit post has more commentary and links.