Fitz: Chesty also said, "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." Which is as good advice in the political arena as it is in the military. Pete, there are plenty of alternatives on Iran. But I see what you mean. Those who claim there aren't any want to ignore the problem. These people, being fungible, can be labeled either Democrats or French.
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I almost mentioned this earlier in this space after receiving an email from Herman about the diagnosis, but wasn't sure how widely that email was sent...
Now that it is "out there," let me say:
Herman Cain is one of the most important players on the scene when it comes to the future of our movement, as anyone who has spent 5 minutes with the guy I am sure can attest.
Captivating. Genius. A true inspiration.
I love the guy, and he is in my prayers.
Having said that, I am entirely confident that he will come out of this just fine.
If you don't know Herman, start to get to know him by clicking here.
Jed -- That was exactly my point in writing the column. You, of course, said it much more pithily. Well done!
Quin and CJ: I agree. Things look pretty bleak, and are likely to only get worse as the year goes on. Especially when you consider the accelerating
Quin's thoughtful piece on the homepage this morning really resonated with me and I hope our readers will take a moment to read it.
I too have been deeply demoralized by recent developments both at home and abroad. I joked to a friend the other evening, "Eh, the way things are going, I'll give civilization another 20 years at best. Perhaps it's time to stop caring and just start partying….."
I felt awful about that joke. What would my idol, Ronald Reagan, think of a conservative saying something like that, even in jest?
On the surface things are grim indeed and seem to be getting grimmer. But as Quin so ably reminds us, beneath that surface lie many small (and not so small) successes both foreign and domestic which, taken together, add up to enormous potential. We have an opportunity -- well, actually, a mandate -- to profoundly change the World (to paraphrase Newt) and now is not the time to go wobbly, (to paraphrase Mrs. Thatcher).
If you missed Brit Hume's broadcast last night, you missed the otherwise unreported story about the EUnuchs' latest descent into dhimmitude in the form of restricting free speech. Here's the money quote from "The Political Grapevine":
The European Union says it will no longer use the phrase "Islamic Terrorism" to describe attacks carried out by Muslims. Instead, EU press releases will use the phrase "terrorists who abusively invoke Islam."
The words "Islamist," "Fundamentalist," and "Jihad" will also be banned, as part of a new "lexicon" that seeks to avoid offending Muslims.
The EU's counter-terrorism chief says the government is taking great pains to use language that "makes clear that we are talking about a murderous fringe that is abusing a religion and does not accept it."
The EUnuchs are also considering a "non-binding" code of conduct for the press to prevent future incidents such as the Danish cartoons of Mohammed.
Wlady: Applebaum's description of how confident and controlled Rice is around "ordinary mortals" brought to mind the nervous and off-balance Rice at the 9/11 hearings in 2004, where she more than once seemed flustered, even intimidated. For me that was the moment in time when the Rice image of imperviousness came crashing down for good, and I've never been able to put it back together again. Reading this month's Spectator isn't going to help, either, not after coming across Angelo Codevilla's view of Rice: "A daughter figure, a pleasing mediatrix, intellectually insecure, whose career consisted of Bush family favors." If the shoe fits ...