January 28, 2006


A Defeat for Anti-Americanism (Washington Post, January 28, 2006)

ACCORDING TO his opponent, Canadian Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper exposed "an agenda really drawn from the extreme right in the United States." He favored the Iraq war, opposed the Kyoto treaty on global warming, and is a social conservative to boot. He might just become -- heaven forbid -- "the most pro-American leader in the Western world." His victory would -- O, Canada! -- "put a smile on George W. Bush's face." Despite all those scary warnings, Mr. Harper and his party won Canada's election on Monday. That put an end to 12 years of increasingly incoherent and corrupt rule by the Liberal Party -- as well as the cynical and irresponsible attempt of its leader, outgoing Prime Minister Paul Martin, to use anti-Americanism.

Mr. Martin becomes the second G-8 leader in four months to exit from office after discovering that anti-U.S. demagoguery is no longer enough to win an election. Gerhard Schroeder, the former German chancellor, also tried to rescue his political career last fall by parading his differences with Mr. Bush; the result was the victory of Angela Merkel, who has moved swiftly to repair relations with Washington.

So instead of the tides of anti-Americanism we were promised when we "went it alone" in Iraq our allies in Britain, Australia, and Japan won historic re-elections, our foes in Canada and Germany fell, the French and Kofi Annan have become virtual sock puppets, and so on and so forth. What was that Osama said about the strong horse and the weak horse?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2006 5:47 PM

That the strong horse lives in Enumclaw.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 28, 2006 6:18 PM

I am a much worse person for laughing at ghostcat's joke.

Posted by: Pepys at January 28, 2006 6:39 PM

how close is brokeback mountain to enumclaw ?

Posted by: toe at January 28, 2006 6:51 PM

Does this mean that Gray Davis' says are numbered too?

(YAWN! Rip Van Winkle)

Posted by: obc at January 28, 2006 7:52 PM

That should be "days" - so tired!

Posted by: obc at January 28, 2006 7:53 PM

I'm sure there is a Waziristani equivalent to Enumclaw up in them hills somewhere....of course, they probably rely on goats, but....

Posted by: ratbert at January 28, 2006 10:13 PM

once you goat you doat go back

Posted by: toe at January 28, 2006 10:30 PM

You know, I just put my name and location on that frappr doohickey a few days ago and now you guys are gonna embarrass me into taking it off. Baaahhh humbug.

Posted by: jgm at January 29, 2006 2:53 AM