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Posted on 03/03/2002 7:42:38 PM PST by Mia T
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NOW, in our time of crisis, helpfully comes former President Jimmy Carter to pronounce that the current president - this would be the president who actually has the job at the moment, as opposed to the president who set a record for incompetence...In the opinion of the man who presided over 400-plus days of "America Held Hostage," President Bush's description of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil" was "overly simplistic and counterproductive." Added the man who was once attacked by a rabbit, "I think it will take years before we can repair the damage done by that statement."
It is tempting to accept Carter's verdict as all the proof needed that Bush is solidly on the right track. But the argument needs to be addressed, not because it is not foolish but because it is the fashion among fools. And, as the great political novelist Ross Thomas once pointed out, when you've got all the fools in town on your side, you've practically won.
"The reviews are in, and they are bad," recently declared Mark Lilla, who is a professor of something called social thought (presumably, there are professors of antisocial thought too, but no one knows who they are since they won't answer the phone). "President Bush's characterization of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an 'axis of evil' has been met by our allies' puzzled annoyance and by massive rallies in Iran that only strengthened hard-line elements there."
This is a fair summation of the fools' position, and it is almost entirely wrong.
First, the suggestion in the adjective "puzzled" is that "axis of evil" describes nothing valid, since Iran, Iraq and North Korea are not - in the World War II sense of Germany, Japan and Italy - an axis.
Right. As the French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine noted to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, "axis of evil" was intended not as literal description but as evocative shorthand for an abstract but real concept - something akin to John F. Kennedy's "New Frontier."
...Prior to Sept. 11, U.S. policy toward regimes such as those in Iran, Iraq and North Korea - regimes that were indeed fundamentally evil, that were avowed enemies of the United States, that aggressively sought to acquire weapons of mass destruction and that supported anti-American terrorist groups - was this: We can live with them.
The Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 policy is: No, we cannot. Not anymore, not with 3,000 dead.
The reality is terribly changed and we must deal with that change. We must do what we can to limit the threat of a second Sept. 11.
And what we can most effectively do is to strike where we can find something to strike at: to destroy or coerce those regimes that arm and support and hide the transnational terrorists who would wage long-term guerrilla war against the United States. Do-nothingism - Carterism - is no longer an option.
March 3, 2002 -- Instead of criticizing President Bush's description of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil," Jimmy Carter should consider how his own policies were partly responsible for Iran becoming part of the axis ("Fools for Evil," Opinion, Michael Kelly, Feb. 27).
When the Shah of Iran was faced with growing radical Islamic revolution in his country, Carter pressured him not to crack down because of his concern for the human rights of the Islamic radicals.
As a result, the Shah was overthrown and we are now faced with a regime that is trying to overthrow Hamid Karzai's government in Afghanistan and is supplying vast quantities of arms to terrorist organizations in the Middle East.
Looking back on the fall of Iran, the Shah said "I should have never listened to Jimmy Carter." I hope the American people have enough sense not to listen to him, either.
This is the president who did nothing while our hostages sat in Iran for 400 days. This is the president who gave us 18 to 20 percent interest rates, which drove small-business owners like me out of business.
Carter should continue to build houses for the poor. That's the only thing he knows how to do.
Carter's criticism of the present administration is a pathetic attempt to show his own failed presidency in a better light.
Carter has become Ted Turner with more class and less Bourbon.
Thanks, Michael Kelly. I couldn't have said it better myself.
These comments are not only idiotic, but downright un-American.
Did Carter forget that most of the nuclear technology that North Korea has today came gift-wrapped from the Clinton administration?
Had George Will written Sleaze, the sequel (the "sequel" is, of course, hillary) after 9-11-01, I suspect that he would have had to forgo the above conceit, as the doubt expressed in the setup phrase was, from that day forward, no longer operational.
Indeed, assessing the clinton presidency an abject failure is not inconsistent with commentary coming from the left, most recently the LA Times: "Clinton Let Bin Laden Slip Away and Metastasize."
When the clintons left office, I predicted that the country would eventually learn--sadly, the hard way--that this depraved, self-absorbed and inept pair had placed America (and the world) in mortal danger. But I was thinking years, not months.
It is very significant that hillary clinton didn't deny clinton culpability for the terrorism. (Meet the Press, 12-09-01), notwithstanding tired tactics (if you can't pass the buck, spread the blame) and chronic "KnowNothing Victim Clinton" self-exclusion.
If leftist pandering keeps the disenfranchized down in perpetuity, clinton pandering,("it's the economy, stupid"), kept the middle and upper classes wilfully ignorant for eight years.
And ironically, both results (leftist social policy and the clinton economy) are equally illusory, fraudulent. It is becoming increasingly clear that clinton assiduously avoided essential actions that would have negatively impacted the economy--the ultimate source of his continued power--actions like, say, going after the terrorists.
It is critically important that hillary clinton fail in her grasp for power; read Peggy Noonan's little book, 'The Case Against Hillary Clinton' and Barbara Olson's two books; it is critical that the West de-clintonize, but that will be automatic once it is understood that the clintons risked civilization itself in order to gain and retain power.
It shouldn't take books, however, to see that a leader is a dangerous, self-absorbed sicko. People should be able to figure that out for themselves. The electorate must be taught to think, to reason. It must be able to spot spin, especially in this age of the electronic demagogue.
I am not hopeful. As Bertrand Russell noted, "Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. "
*George Will continues: There is reason to believe that he is a rapist ("You better get some ice on that," Juanita Broaddrick says he told her concerning her bit lip), and that he bombed a country to distract attention from legal difficulties arising from his glandular life, and that. ... Furthermore, the bargain that he and his wife call a marriage refutes the axiom that opposites attract. Rather, she, as much as he, perhaps even more so, incarnates Clintonism
Helping to elect Ronald Reagan twice.
Do you know of any articles on FR that relate the story of a heckler at a dinner/speech in NYC being hauled off?
The heckler stood up to differ with a terrorist comment by the dinner speaker. Needless to say, the speaker was IMPEACHED sick willy, a typical democrat.
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