"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Andrew C. McCarthy on Port Security on National Review Online

Andrew C. McCarthy on Port Security on National Review Online: "Sure as Dean follows Howard, though, understandable concern rapidly degenerated into calculated hysteria from poseurs seeking to claim the high ground from a president against whose measure they stand as national-security Lilliputians. Accelerating the downward spiral, the administration's initially temperate but unconvincing defense of the transaction devolved just as quickly into nauseating politically correctness."

This may come off as just one of those Right-wing reaction, but Mr. McCarthy doesn't let anyone off the hook, but does call for a certain amount of calm. He does point out that the hubbub contains the usual "bully-pulpit demagoguery," which to me is what unfortunately happens when an entire party has cried wolf 100 times too many. I no longer have time to listen to Chuck, Hill or any of them since they cannot be taken seriously. However, I digress.

McCarthy says that "neither corner of the ring has distinguished itself," and you really have to agree with this assessment. And regardless of the points he makes about the egregious Clinton years, the port deal is questionable, although as the author states, "does all this mean the port deal ought to be scotched? I think it does, but I have a (slightly) open mind — as do a lot of other people who fret over our security." That "open mind," is what we all need with this and everything that has to do with our nations security.

I don't see an "open mind," on my part or that of others changing any minds though, '"you don’t need to be an “Islamophobe” to have doubts here. You just need to have an IQ of about 11."'


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