There’s a story out of Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg MD, the small Catholic college where Germain Grisez used to teach. The student newspaper reported that the college president proposed getting rid of underperforming students. “This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies,” he said. “But you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies… put a Glock to their heads.”
So now it’s a big scandal. Myself, I rather admire a college president who talks that way, after all the ridiculous kowtowing by administrators to student protesters at Yale and Missouri. There’s also a message here about American politics, and Donald Trump’s comments about George W. Bush at the South Carolina debate last Saturday.
Let’s face it. Iraq was a mistake. I don’t mean the invasion, or even the toppling of Saddam. I mean what happened after, the failed attempt at nation-building which claimed the lives of many thousands of our soldiers.
Sure, we can blame Obama for a precipitous pull out, but the initial mistake was that of George W. Bush. And Americans have figured that out, even if the commentators who purport to define conservatism for us haven’t. They are the cuddly bunnies who Trump took on at the debate. And while he was wrong to suggest that Bush lied, he was right to put Bush’s foreign policy in question. The provocation was W’s decision to campaign for his brother, but even apart from that it’s time for conservatives to move on from a wasted decade of Republican foreign policy blunders, and from the cuddle bunnies who are stuck in 2002. No drownings, no Glocks, of course. Just beddy-byes and milk biscuits.
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