Even for a Boston Globe columnist, Robert Kuttner's effort this morning has to go down in the annals of Bush-hatred at its most rabid. Consider these excerpts, annotated with my comments:
- 'The latest violence in the Middle East demonstrates the bankruptcy of the Bush administration's grand design for the region.' Stay with me - Bob's just clearing his throat.
- 'The quagmire has demonstrated the humiliating limits of US military power.' Crocodile tears?
- 'Saddam turned out to be telling the truth about nuclear weapons and Bush turned out to be lying,' Make your contribution today at SaddamDefenseFund@ramseyclark.org
- 'Bolton and the other radicals in the administration want Israel to keep pummeling Lebanon a while longer.' No, they want Israel to keep pummeling Hezbollah, which is based in Lebanon.
party of mutual Armageddon . . . the war party of Hamas, Hezbollah, the
Israeli right, the Iranian ultras, Rumsfeld, and Cheney.' Moral equivalence strikes again. The terrorists, and those who would stop the terrorists - same difference.
and Cheney want to] just have it out [with Iran]. Not a ground war or
an Iraq-style regime change -- we blew that option-- but a war on the
cheap, of missile strikes.' So a liberal laments a cheap war and pines for a full-scale invasion? I'm confused.
were some in the United States who wanted to have it out [with the
Soviet Union], in World War III. Miraculously, they never attained
power. Containment worked, communism fell.' Explaining the fall of
the Soviet Union without naming Reagan is like describing a spiral
staircase without using your hands. But Kuttner pulls it off.
the ideological heirs to that lunatic fringe are running the American
government. Every arrogant miscalculation only leads them to more
disastrous blunders.' Tell us how you really feel, Bob.
Bush . . . worked as Bill Clinton did for a reduction of violence and a
true peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, radical Islam
would have far less appeal.' God bless Bill. Thanks to him, 9-11 was averted.
a mid-term election looming and the Mideast in flames, will voters
finally recognize that this crowd is delusionally incompetent? Or will
cynical fear-mongering lead anxious citizens yet again to rally 'round
their president?' Ah, the hopes and fears of a liberal.