Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Hit counter BS

OK, so the hit counter was counting something but who knows what. I guess you get what you pay for. Anyway for the few who "pinged" me thanks.

Right wingers I read

George Will has a pretty good column that was picked up in several papers including my own beloved Houston Chronicle. Will is a Country Club Republican elitist asshole, and he is definitely in love with his own vocabulary in the vein of Willam F. Buckley. On the other hand, he has been a critic of our administrations strategy (or lack thereof) in Iraq for some time now.

Anyway Will's column starts with this lovely observation of our President

Appearing Friday in the Rose Garden with Canada's prime minister, President Bush was answering a reporter's question about Canada's role in Iraq when suddenly he swerved into this extraneous thought:

"There's a lot of people in the world who don't believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that. I reject that strongly. I believe that people who practice the Muslim faith can self-govern. I believe that people whose skins aren't necessarily -- are a different color than white can self-govern."

What does such careless talk say about the mind of this administration? Note that the clearly implied antecedent of the pronoun "ours" is "Americans." So the president seemed to be saying that white is, and brown is not, the color of Americans' skin. He does not mean that. But that is the sort of swamp one wanders into when trying to deflect doubts about policy by caricaturing and discrediting the doubters.

His column rambles somewhat but the gist is that the neoconservatives running our foreign policy aren't conservative at all.

Ron Chernow's magnificent new biography of Alexander Hamilton begins with these of his subject's words: "I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be." That is the core of conservatism.

Traditional conservatism. Nothing "neo" about it. This administration needs a dose of conservatism without the prefix.

- Well Duh!!

Anyway, kudos to George for at least firing a small shot across the administrations bow from the starboard rather than the port.