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Ugly, Bush League Error

Look, I have been trying to bolster President Bush for well over a year now, in light of the fact that we are engaged in an incredibly important war and he is trying to do the right thing by insisting that we must win it rather than retreat. But again and again, this president fails to make the best use of “teaching moments.” And now, if his statement (first noted by Jennifer yesterday evening) was not taken out of context, he not only failed to use a teaching moment, but he utterly obliterated the lesson. Here was an event, the Ahmadinejad speech at Columbia, playing right into the hands of those of us, Bush included, who argue that the Left is woefully unprepared to stand up to terrorists. And what does Bush do? He says that if Columbia “thinks it’s a good idea to have the leader from Iran come and talk to the students as an educational experience, I guess it’s OK with me.” And so on, as Jennifer reported. Talk about being handed a crepe (suzette, perhaps) and making cr@p out of it!

Please, President Bush: We want you to succeed, because you are our president, and we are at war–and because if you succeed while being publicly identified as a conservative, then it makes it easier for other conservatives to succeed as well at our mission of defending the ideals of limited government at home and defending the national interest in foreign affairs. But it doesn’t help when you become like the comedian who repeatedly steps all over his applause lines; or, if you deliver the lines right, you forget to follow through with the right motions (like promising vetoes but failing to deliver).

No, as president of the United States, it should not be okay with you to have our sworn enemy as the guest speaker at a top American university. Sure, you could say the university has an absolute right to ask him (IF, that is, the State Department allows him a visa into the country in the first place, which it ought not to have done), and he to accept — but that a legal right and a moral right are not the same thing, and it is morally wrong to provide such a forum.

To say it is okay is just, well, rather pathetic. Forgive me if I somehow missed the White House issuing a correction or amendment of Bush’s statement — but if it has not done so, it ought to do so, and soon.

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