May 20, 2005

THINK PINK (via Daniel Merriman):

The caricature and reality of George Bush (Victor Davis Hanson, May 20, 2005, Chicago Tribune)

Just imagine if George Bush had predicted to us on the morning after Sept. 11, 2001, what actually ended up happening. He might have delivered the following speech:

"Ours is not a war on Muslims or the Arab world. Rather, we are in a struggle against a new fascism that resorts to terror. Osama bin Laden must distort Islam and deflect blame onto the United States for the self-inflicted miseries of the Middle East, created by its own illiberal dictatorships.

"Therefore, American strategy is three-pronged:

"We will hunt down terrorist cells in the United States that due to our laxity have already infiltrated the West.

"America will remove rogue regimes abroad that have funded and supported these killers.

"In their places, the United States will support consensual governments to ensure a third choice other than just Islamic theocracy or brutal dictatorship.

"First, we must go on the offensive. In less than a month, our forces will go to faraway Afghanistan and remove the Taliban within six weeks upon arrival. From that victory, democracy will follow for all Afghans, regardless of tribe or gender.

"Some regimes openly sanction terrorists. Others have entered into secretive alliances with them. Saddam Hussein has violated all his past international agreements and murdered thousands of his own and others across his borders. The Senate no doubt will sanction his removal because he is an enemy of the United States, subsidizing anti-democratic terrorists from the West Bank to Kurdistan.

"In the space of three week's time, we can liberate Iraq from Saddam's Baathist nightmare and stay on to help the long-suffering Iraqi people secure their freedom under a new democracy. [...]

Had the president promised or even predicted such things after Sept. 11, most of us would have dismissed him as utterly unhinged. But that is precisely what has come to pass.

It is now time to concede it was not entirely a coincidence, and that President Bush was not a "Pink Panther"-like Inspector Clouseau who bumbled about the Middle East, overturned a few things and ended up accidentally accomplishing what legions of "experts" never could.

He has though turned his foes into something resembling Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 20, 2005 12:28 PM

That is one heck of a great list of events for any sitting president in my time. Thank you Victor for reminding the choir. The rest would turn the page after the first few paragraphs ... and that's a shame.

Posted by: Genecis at May 20, 2005 1:26 PM

are you thinking of the scene (from "Shot In The Dark") where Insp. Dreyfus is sitting in a padded cell, finally driven mad by Clouseau ?

Posted by: cjm at May 20, 2005 1:49 PM

Actually the padded cell was in "Return of the Pink Panther". Dreyfus was pulled away by his assisant after blowing up all the escaping murderers by accident instead of Clouseau at the end of "A Shot In the Dark". But the anaolgy is correct (though, ironically, Herbert Lom came out last year as a supporter of the War on Terror, so no crazy eye twitching and homicidal fantasies from him in real life).

Posted by: John at May 20, 2005 2:14 PM