Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The pirate or the weasel?

I blogged here in fury at Maureen Dowd's latest column--her ineffective rehashing of the usual charges against Bush and the Iraq war. Now, she's done it again, and I'm forced to ask myself: the New York Times pays her to do this? She's sarcastic, flippant, and smug:

"This president is in a truly scary place in Iraq. Americans can't get out, or they risk turning the country into a terrorist haven that will make the old Afghanistan look like Cipriani's. Yet his war, which has not accomplished any of its purposes, swallows ever more American lives and inflames ever more Muslim hearts as W. reads a book about the history of salt and looks forward to his biking date with Lance Armstrong on Saturday.

The son wanted to go into Iraq to best his daddy in the history books, by finishing what Bush senior started. He swept aside the warnings of Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell and didn't bother to ask his father's advice."

Just as President Bush and his administration have not asked me for any sacrifices to fight an actual war on terror, so the comfortable shells of the liberal elite have not asked me to do anything to oppose it while simultaneously supporting our brave men and women in uniform. Again I am faced with the choice between bloodthirsty corporate pirates and soulless weasels.


At 4:02 PM, Blogger Jackscolon said...

If you choose based on which would make a better movie, than bloodthirsty corporate pirates get the nod. Now if it comes down to which would have the better cartoon, than I think soulless weasels have more potential.

But seriously, maybe you should form your own party and just throw your vote away.

At 4:04 PM, Blogger CharlesPeirce said...

My vote, unfortunately, is with the weasels, though my heart is not.

At 3:34 AM, Blogger StandingOutInTheCold said...

Unfortunately, such is the choice we are left with in America today. I was just complaining to my younger brother about this particular issue today. The left-leaning among us are in particularly dire straits as the Democrat leadership seems to have no interest in being rational or paying attention to its constituents values. However, the Republicans, although vastly closer to their base's values in my opinion, also leave much of the center right wanting. I'm hoping that shortly the current batch of Democrats will die off, politically speaking, and some rational people will restore their party to the respectible entity it was in the 50s-ish. With a party like that I might actually be Democrat. And you could vote on candidates based on their individual value again rather than which extreme they are guaranteed to go with.


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