Quin, today didn’t get much better. I did not watch it so maybe he ad libbed some really good stuff but from a reading of the speech delivered at the General Assembly it seems to have been a huge missed opportunity. His only reference to Iran– remember the country Bollinger nicely explained was doing a whole list of bad things — is made in passing: “In Belarus, North Korea, Syria, and Iran, brutal regimes deny their people the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration. “(Wait, didn’t Bollinger tell us they were killing Americans and destabilizing their neighbors and promoting terrorism elsewhere?) The only mention of Iraq: “Brave citizens in Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq have made the choice for democracy — yet the extremists have responded by targeting them for murder. This is not a show of strength — it is evidence of fear. And the extremists are doing everything in their power to bring down these young democracies. The people of Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq have asked for our help. And every civilized nation has a responsibility to stand with them.” Anything on Hamas? Nope. Instead this: “The Palestinian Territories have moderate leaders, mainstream leaders that are working to build free institutions that fight terror, and enforce the law, and respond to the needs of their people. The international community must support these leaders, so that we can advance the vision of two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace and security.” Goodness gracious, when Lee Bollinger gives a better accounting of our enemies than our President it may be time to purchase one of those Bush countdown clocks.
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