Bob Tyrrell’s lecture on the overarching virtues of candidate McCain was the single best-written argument I’ve read with respect to voting for this guy (“Captain McCain,” TAS, July/August 2008). I am biased, I suppose. Tyrrell is one of those conservative “warriors” I keep trying to locate. And at least a minor treasure. He actually brings passion and logic to his convictions. I’ve met the senator— and disliked him almost immediately; sometimes after listening further to the fellow I wonder why I didn’t dislike him sooner.
He strikes me as self-important, self-regarding, and self-inflating. I believe him to be bitter and wrong far too often on conservative issues, e.g., immigration, First Amendment. Well, you know the drill. On the other hand, Tyrrell’s apologia does make a case for double-clutching on an absolute refusal to vote for McCain. McCain is a serious man. Senator Obama is as well, but in the style of a preening, supercilious feline. He would, in concert with a Reid Senate and Pelosi House, proceed to break this country. If nothing else, Bob Tyrrell has given me cause to pause. This election will count for something.
In the article, “What Will Rumsfeld Write?” (by Jed Babbin, TAS, September 2008) the following is written: “The second borrows a line from the great Toby Keith, converting ‘I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then’ from lyric to prose.”
Actually, it was Mr. Keith who borrowed that line. He penned his song, “Wish I Didn’t Know,” to which the article refers, in 1994. The line originally comes from the song “Against the Wind,” written by Mr. Bob Seger. Mr. Seger wrote the song in 1980. Mr. Keith aside, cheers on a great article!
St. Louis, Missouri
Like Jed Babbin, I cannot wait for the Rumsfeld memoirs. Even discounting Rumsfeld’s years serving Ford or his influence with President Reagan, he is the one man who could probably fairly describe what occurred with our military during the post-Clinton/Bush era.
My biggest questions lay with the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks up to his resignation in 2006. The Afghan campaign was brilliant up to the Tora Bora operation; the Iraqi invasion was anything but brilliant. Thus far there haven’t been any books written “from the top” which discuss the many operational problems both campaigns entailed. There was also the political aspect. Why did the Army insist on a World War II-style invasion of Iraq when the insurgency model in Afghanistan worked so well, and our conventional military was just a shell of its Cold War strength? How much backbiting occurred between the Department of Defense, State Department, and the CIA? Was Rumsfeld forced to keep quiet about the insurgencies both Syria and Iran supported against our efforts in Iraq?
These are just a few brief questions I would love to have answered. Rumsfeld is that rarity in our postmodern, Beltway-driven politics: a brilliant civil servant. He also has honor. He took his lumps and graciously retired when it was required of him to do so. He retired with his reputation in tatters, taking most of the blame for the series of bloody insurgencies that plagued Iraq from 2004 to 2006. Those Army field commanders and State Department officials who were responsible for order in Iraq either were transferred or retired with their reputations largely intact. Rumsfeld’s memoirs should clear the air a bit.
This is an absolutely fantastic article on health care and the free market (“Learning to Care About Health Care,” by Philip Klein, TAS, July/August 2008). As with all things, less government regulation and more privatization are the solutions. Just study Galveston County’s private retirement plan, in lieu of Social Security. As an employer, I benefit from providing health care (pre-tax) for my employees, but not much. I would strongly prefer for them to benefit on a personal level, as well as to personally administer the plan. As you stated, conservatives need to get their heads out of the sand. Thank you for the ammunition to battle the growing liberal war cries.
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?