Politics Soul Searching
posted by November 28 at 15:41 PMon
Looking for a way out of the night that set on Nov 7, a senior editor of National Review, Jeffrey Hart, makes the bold claim that G. W. Bush is not a conservative. The strange syllogism that produces this strange truth:
(Major premise) Conservatives are realists.
(Minor premise) Bush is not a realist.
(Conclusion) Bush is not a conservative.
Out of all Hart has to say and stress, this is the only passage worth pointing out:
Once you get to Baghdad, it’s not clear what you do with it. It’s not clear what kind of government you put in place of the one that’s currently there now. Is it going to be a Shia regime, a Sunni regime, a Kurdish regime? Or one that tilts toward the Baathists, or one that tilts toward Islamic fundamentalists? How much credibility is that going to have if it’s set up by the American military there? How long does the United States military have to stay there to protect the people that sign on for that government, and what happens once we leave?
Smart man, that Cheney. The only problem is that he said that back in 1991 during the first Gulf War when he was secretary of defense in the administration of George H.W. Bush.