DOWD ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Maureen Dowd does not approve of the tone of President Bush’s State of the Union Address:
You wonder how many votes he scared off with that testosterone festival: the taunting message, the self-righteous geographic litany of support? The Philippines. Thailand. Italy. Spain. Poland. Denmark. Bulgaria. Ukraine. Romania. The Netherlands. Norway. El Salvador.
Can you believe President Bush is still pushing the cockamamie claim that we went to war in Iraq with a real coalition rather than a gaggle of poodles and lackeys?
Aside from the fact that Dowd’s statement is incredibly insulting to the thirty two members of the Coalition, this is idiotic even by Dowdian standards–which is to say, pretty damned idiotic. For one thing, if one reads the actual speech, it’s apparent that she omitted Britain, Australia, Japan, and South Korea, the first four countries listed. Those evil ellipses strike again.
Let’s be clear here: Any military coalition that includes the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia as its lead actors is off to a good start. Especially when the adversary is Iraq. I would note, as evidence of this, that coalitions featuring those three are currently undefeated against coalitions featuring Iraq.
What significant players that might be considered traditional allies of the United States are not included on the list? France and Germany. Germany is 0 for 2 lifetime against the US, UK, and Australia. France is currently 0 for the last couple centuries in wars in which they weren’t bailed out by the US, UK, and Australia.
His State of the Union address took his swaggering sheriff routine to new heights. “America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country,” he vowed.
Translation: Hey, we don’t need no stinking piece of paper to bring it on in other countries. If it feels good, we’ll do it, and we’ll decide later why we did it. You lookin’ at me?
I believe only Dowd and Howard Dean have that impression of that sentence. That any state, let alone the world’s sole superpower, will act to in what it perceives to be its best interests, is the essence of state sovereignty. It’s a truism, not a point of controversy.