June 17, 2004


Let Them Eat Deer (R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., 6/17/2004, American Sectator)

Some years ago, while dining in a Paris restaurant, I asked the waiter about the venison on the menu. He told me that it was smaller than that served in the United States. The waiter, a long-faced man, who, come to think of it, looked rather like the junior senator from Massachusetts, went on to say, "But then, everything in Europe is smaller than in America." [...]

Now they are sitting back and lecturing us while our coalition attempts to lift barbarism from the Iraqis, to sober up the nihilists of the Middle East, and to defeat terrorism. The French and the Germans have revealed no plan, no will, and no intention of bringing justice or peace to Iraq. The only evidence I have seen of their involvement in the area is long inventories of arms they sold to Saddam and catalogues of payoffs they received from the United Nations oil for food scheme.

The French and the Germans have almost always let the English-speaking peoples bear the cost of liberty. Even in the Balkans in the 1990s they importuned upon the United States for as much military might as they could possibly inveigle from us. Nonetheless, throughout the Cold War and now into the war on terror we Americans have episodically had to witness their imbecilic anti-American rallies. As they burn our flags and ignorantly depict our presidents as cowboys, we are supposed to take instruction from their infantile tantrums. Old Europe obviously is conflicted about cowboys. Their chattering classes are given to using the term "cowboy" as one of disparagement. Yet American westerns remain a staple of entertainment on television stations all over the old bone heap -- Orwell's term -- that is Europe. [...]

These thoughts struck to me the other day while driving from Washington some 250 miles into the Virginia mountains. Just weeks before I had been driving in Europe, in Ireland to be specific. The Irish countryside, like the countryside of those countries I have now banished from my travel plans, France and Germany, is lovely. But that French waiter of years ago was right. Europe is not as big as America. From my car roaring along spacious four-lane highway I see vast rolling hills, wide valleys, large modern cities popping up and then dropping off as I accelerate on. The fields are alive with cattle and crops about to be planted or freshly planted. The roads bustle with huge trucks hauling an enormous variety of product. Overhead blue sky and huge billowing clouds contend for attention. America really is big.

and still can't contain us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2004 7:52 AM

Wish I had written that. Unfortunately Ireland's off my list now, among others. Like Rummy's three point Doctrine, not yet formalized, I don't want to spend my money where my country's policies are not welcomed but vilified. I don't want my country to do so either.

Get our troops out of Germany and Korea.

Posted by: Genecis at June 17, 2004 10:46 AM

Reminds me of a line from PJ O'Rourkes Holidays in Hell, about Euroweenies.

In Europe, you can't swing a cat around your head without passing it through customs four times.

Or something like that.

Posted by: at June 17, 2004 12:09 PM

Last week I drove my wife and daughter across the country from Phoenix back home to Minneapolis. Even at 75 mph (that is as fast as I will admit to), this country is huge. I've never traveled to Europe, but more and more I am seeing less of a need to, with this enormous country to move about in. You can see every kind of landscape imaginable and never suffer from culture shock or ingratitude for the business you bring to the local communities you visit.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 17, 2004 3:14 PM


This country is huge (I know, I have driven across it 31 times), but Europe is well worth a visit.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at June 17, 2004 7:45 PM

I'll get there someday Jeff.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 18, 2004 1:15 PM