February 2, 2005

From the SOTU....

A couple of things really grabbed me. This:

...while we encourage a higher standard of freedom. Hopeful reform is already taking hold in an arc from Morocco to Jordan to Bahrain. The government of Saudi Arabia can demonstrate its leadership in the region by expanding the role of its people in determining their future. And the great and proud nation of Egypt, which showed the way toward peace in the Middle East, can now show the way toward democracy in the Middle East.

I've been saying, probably to the point of tedium, that the Iraq Campaign was going to pay off hugely by giving us the credibility and moral capital to push for peaceful change. But this is astonishing! George W Bush now has enough juice to almost order Arabia and Egypt to hold elections! But "order" isn't the right word; it's more like the Godfather saying that it would warm his simple Italian peasant's heart if you would do him this little favor...I bet Hosni choked on his hummus when he heard that one! Ha ha. Call it the No Backwater Left Behind Act.

...America's immigration system is also outdated — unsuited to the needs of our economy and to the values of our country. We should not be content with laws that punish hardworking people who want only to provide for their families, and deny businesses willing workers, and invite chaos at our border. It is time for an immigration policy that permits temporary guest workers to fill jobs Americans will not take, that rejects amnesty, that tells us who is entering and leaving our country, and that closes the border to drug dealers and terrorists...

There's the nigger in the woodpile ooops, pretend I didn't write that. But what does this mean? If the border is really closed to terrorists and drug dealers it's also closed to illegal aliens. But they aren't mentioned. Or are they de facto guest workers? I'm not going to try to guess, but one thing's for sure: this President isn't going to have one of those second terms that fizzles out quietly.

Posted by John Weidner at February 2, 2005 7:54 PM
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