P.J. O’Rourke – Colin Powell Interview
P. J. O’Rourke has A Conversation With Colin Powell in the current issue of The Atlantic Online. It is rather amusing yet enlightening. A typical exchange:
P. J. O’ROURKE: Back in Lebanon in 1984, I was held at gunpoint by this Hezbollah kid, just a maniac, you know, at one of those checkpoints, screaming at me about America, great Satan, et cetera.
SECRETARY POWELL: Then he wanted a green card?
P. J. O’ROURKE: At the end of this rant, that’s exactly what he said: “As soon as I get my green card, I am going to Dearborn, Michigan to study dental school.” And he saw no disconnect.
SECRETARY POWELL: He’s there now. He’s not going back to Beirut.
P. J. O’ROURKE: He hated America so much and wanted nothing more than to be an American.
SECRETARY POWELL: They respect us and they resent us. But they want what we have.
While this observation is hardly novel, it is worth repeating now and again.