Thursday, February 17, 2005

With all due respect to Jonah Goldberg, I believe this little item by Jay Nordlinger may be the stupidest thing ever published by National Review:

I was reading an op-ed piece by Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post, and he began by quoting Jon Stewart, the comedian, who said, "We did it! We had the election. And now we can say to Iraq, 'Goodbye!'"

The words "We did it!" brought me up short. I thought, "What do you mean,

It will be just like the Cold War, I think. George W. Bush and his allies will make progress in the Middle East, and then, with selective amnesia, those who fought Bush & Co. tooth and nail will say, "We, we, we."
We liberalized Afghanistan, we liberalized Iraq, blah, blah, blah.

If it had been up to Jon Stewart and his ilk, that election in Iraq would never have taken place.

"We did it!" indeed.

Excuse me?!

It was a flippant remark, fer crissake! Watch the video! It was a flippant remark by a guy who, by the way, makes a lot of money and pays a lot of taxes! To the U.S. government! Which the government used in Iraq!


Next up in National Review: Norman Mailer's novel Why Are We in Vietnam? -- if he called it that but actually wrote it in Brooklyn, is that fraud ... or treason?

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