I read this week’s Enemy Central column hoping and praying that you would pick former President and Dolt-in-Chief Jimmy Carter as Enemy of the Week for his idiotic comments regarding the “axis of evil.” Thank you so much for answering that hope and prayer! I just wish space had permitted you to quote more extensively from the AP dispatch, on which you apparently based your fine selection.
This jackanapes called the turn of phrase not only “overly simplistic” but also “counterproductive.” I actually believe that Mr. Bush (who graces his high office nearly as much as Mr. Carter disgraced his) intentionally employed his words to great effect. At a stroke, he cleverly pushed these pariah regimes onto the defensive; they’re scared and they’ve not stopped squawking since the State of the Union.
At the same moment, he exposed the domestic and foreign critics of his war against the terrorists and the states which harbor and succor them. Left-liberals dare not declare their true opposition to the war, indeed they publicly exclaim their full and faithful support for the President’s efforts. But they search ceaselessly for any opportunity to quibble, carp and cavil. And now one after another has stumbled into Mr. Bush’s well-laid rhetorical trap: Foreign Minister Vedrine, Foreign Secretary Straw, former Secretary of State Albright, Majority Leader Daschle, all manner of clucking commentators, now Mr. Carter.
According to the AP dispatch, Mr. Carter also blubbered that Mr. Bush’s three words had seriously jeopardized progress made with North Korea, Iran and Iraq in recent years, that it would take years to undo the damage. In his speech at Emory, did he describe the progress or damage, or did he just consider his conclusions self-evident? The AP unfortunately does not say.
Then Mr. Carter drops a non-sequitur: the growing gap between the rich and poor continues as the world’s greatest challenge (there he gives us the peek behind the curtain: fighting terrorism isn’t important and urgent, fighting world poverty is!). Yet those dastardly terrorists falsely claim membership among the destitute. “We are very concerned now about terrorism. Osama bin Laden is not poor, he’s very rich — and the people who committed those horrible acts on Sept. 11 were not poor.” I gather terrorists are evil not because they murder thousands of innocent Americans but lie about their income and assets. Wait, maybe terrorists kill because they are rich. Who knows?p>For all this unforgivable nonsense, Mr. Carter more than earned his
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?