September 28, 2007

Talking back...

Many big-name bloggers have already deconstructed Katie Couric's remarks at the National Press Club a few days ago...so I'm just doing the same for my own fun. It's my only way to "talk-back" to lefties...

“The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying ‘we’ when referring to the United States [if she were in a room with some flag-wearing gun-toting Americans, and terrorists were coming in through the windows, she'd discover the word "we" real fast] and, even the ‘shock and awe’ of the initial stages, [the term she means but won't use is "winning"] it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable [uncomfortable for YOU, liberal girl] . And I remember feeling, when I was anchoring the ‘Today’ show, this inevitable march towards war and kind of feeling like, ‘Will anybody put the brakes on this?’ [the Iraq Campaign was debated for a whole year. You lost.] And is this really being properly challenged by the right people? [how dare those horrid Americans not agree with their betters!] And I think, at the time, anyone who questioned the administration was considered unpatriotic [no, we said you were wrong...it's true that you are unpatriotic, but that wasn't the argument made.] and it was a very difficult position to be in.” [THAT'S the part that REALLY interests me...see below.]

In some ways the fighting part of the War on Terror is a bit of a bore. If we can entice them into a real fight, we win. Every time. The really compelling question for me is all those Americans (and our putative allies within Western Civilization) who don't include themselves in the "we."

And especially, why has the Iraq Campaign aroused such lunatic excesses of opposition? (You regular readers have already heard this from me.) You would think that removing Saddam, one of the cruelest fascist tyrants ever, would have at least a partial appeal for people who call themselves "liberal?" (Or "progressive," or whatever this month's term is.) Fascist dictators are what they are against, right?

But the Katies of our world hated the idea from the start. They did NOT express themselves as "torn" between wanting to free Iraq and worrying that we might get into difficulties. And they still don't.

They hated it because it exposed them. Their liberalism is a fake. Not all liberals perhaps, but a lot of them. That's why I can never pin them down in arguments. There's no there there. There's nothing inside, no liberal philosophy or core values. Or any sort of philosophy. They are nihilists.

Same with "pacifists." The funny thing is that aggressive wars of conquest between nation-states are pretty much extinct. No Hitlers send their armies across neighboring borders. The only two exceptions in recent decades were both launched by....Saddam. The Iraq-Iran War, which may have killed a million people, and the invasion of Kuwait. So how come "pacifists" are not torn about the removal from power of this war-monger? Hmmm?

Posted by John Weidner at September 28, 2007 8:00 AM
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