Iran and the Left's fascination with GWB

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Mark Steyn in the National Review slams the Democrats over their lack of anything at all in reaction to Iran’s madcap President telling the world that Israel needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.

Suppose a guy yells “Fire!” in a crowded theater, and the audience hisses back, “Shh! We’re in the middle of a play about how Bush engaged in a massive conspiracy to use a small chimney fire as a pretext for burning down some other theater three years ago.”

That’s pretty much what happened the other week. The president of Iran announced that Israel “must be wiped off the map” — and the entire capital city of the world’s hyperpower hissed back, “Shh! Patrick Fitzgerald’s about to indict Scooter Libby!” Insofar as I understand the Left’s three-year investment in Joseph C. Wilson IV, it’s that the selfless patriot exposed the Bush administration’s rationale for the war — Saddam’s WMD — as a lie cooked up by a cabal of sinister neocon warmongers (Clinton, Gore, Kerry, etc). Just for the record, WMD was never my rationale. As I’ve said on many occasions, when it comes to toppling dictators, there’s no such thing as an “illegitimate” rationale. In his obstruction of U.N. weapons inspectors, Saddam certainly acted as if he had WMD and, in his “trade” missions to Niger (principal exports: uranium, goats, cowpeas, and onions), as if he were eager to acquire more. There’s something to be said for taking a chap at his word.

Brilliant, this guy rocks, I am still laughing at the no such thing as an illegitamate rationale for removing dictators, and that is really the crux of the difference between the hand-wringing namby-pamby-ism of the left and the pragmatism of the right.

Leftists want “legitimacy” in removing an “illegitimate” dictator….huh, how does that work.

President Ahmadinejad made his wiping-off-the-map remarks during a conference called “A World Without Zionism,” so it seems unlikely this was one of those subtle nuances lost in translation. Furthermore, in the final round of last June’s presidential election, both candidates were eager to annihilate the Zionist Entity — Mr. Ahmadinejad’s opponent, Hashemi Rafsanjani, having declared that Israel is “the most hideous occurrence in history” which the Muslim world “will vomit out from its midst” with “a single atomic bomb.” So wiping Israel off the map would appear to be one of those rare points of bipartisan consensus, as unexceptional as coming out in favor of motherhood and apple pie . . .

There will soon be 140,000 US troops with not much to do in Iraq, I suggest they start to deploy to the east.

 


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