July 20, 2006

Bush blamed for Zidane head-butt, and a comparison

It had to happen! You knew it was coming! This is no "Onion"-style parody, either. From Patt Morrison of the LA Times (surprise!):

NOW WE KNOW why France's team captain lost his cool in the World Cup finals and France lost the trophy to Italy.

Terrorism.

Zinedine Zidane, who is of French and Algerian ancestry, head-butted an Italian player who insulted him. Although Zidane in an interview Wednesday would not say what words provoked him, a lip reader hired by the Times of London claims Marco Materazzi called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore.''

That's pure trickle-down politics. From the White House to the soccer pitch, "terrorist" has "cooties" and "your mother wears combat boots" flat beat as the top playground potty-mouth slur for the 21st century.

Who's surprised? The Bush administration has been scattering the word like ticker tape on a Manhattan parade. Old McDonald left the farm for the NSA, and now it's here a terrorist, there a terrorist, everywhere a terrorist.

Emphasis mine. There's no need to parody this stuff anymore. Reality (such that it is in deluded liberal minds) makes parody unnecessary.

Y'know, I watched a very interesting program last evening on the Discovery Times Channel. It was titled "Decisions that Shook the World." The decisions made in this episode were by Franklin Roosevelt in the years leading up to World War II. Bill Clinton himself did a lot of the commentary.

Several times, Clinton noted that the legality of many of FDR's decisions -- had they been known -- could have led to his impeachment. For instance, FDR ordered illegal wiretapping of those suspected of being [Nazi] spies. He supplied Britain with war materiel using some dubious logic (and outright defiance) against the Neutrality Acts. And how about that Executive Order 8985 which established the Office of Censorship? (Which wasn't covered in the show.) This doesn't even touch on FDR's numerous domestic initiatives which were routinely shot down by the Supreme Court. Roosevelt, who got so fed up with the SCOTUS, actually proposed enlarging the Court so that he could pack it with like-minded cronies. (See also Hube's classic post on FDR -- and Lincoln -- here.)

Clinton noted that FDR's actions, though dubious and [probably] illegal, saved the United States and the world from Axis tyranny. He made it sound as if FDR had the country's best interests in mind, and he'd do whatever to achieve it. This may be true; however, hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. Clinton also said that FDR would "accept the judgment of history."

It's still way too early to make a judgment on Bush's "War on Terror," and the actions he has undertaken (or attempted to undertake) to help win it. Bush has many more obstacles in his way, especially instant worldwide communications and a media decidedly more hostile to [any] Chief Executive, not to mention a much more politically polarized country. But he faces an enemy no less determined than what Roosevelt faced.

Posted by Felix at July 20, 2006 01:20 PM | TrackBack

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