Thursday, June 30, 2005

Still no Times Commentary on the President's Speech

Today's Times editorial page left the President's speech on Iraq unanswered. Perhaps it's taking them a while to assimilate all the big MSM editorials and to rearrange all the juiciest sentences to make them their own. One of the predictable (as Captain Ed says) complaints about the President's speech is that he dares to mention 9/11 in the context of the War in Iraq. How darest he?

James Taranto, in one of the other MSM publications, reminds us of a speech given by a fairly well-known U.S. Senator who is not now the President, but who did serve his country in Vietnam:
September 11 changed a lot, but other things have changed: Globalization, technology, a smaller planet, the difficulties of radical fundamentalism, the crosscurrents of religion and politics. We are living in an age where the dangers are different and they require a different response, different thinking, and different approaches than we have applied in the past. . . .

A brutal, oppressive dictator, guilty of personally murdering and condoning murder and torture, grotesque violence against women, execution of political opponents, a war criminal who used chemical weapons against another nation and, of course, as we know, against his own people, the Kurds. He has diverted funds from the Oil-for-Food program, intended by the international community to go to his own people. He has supported and harbored terrorist groups, particularly radical Palestinian groups such as Abu Nidal, and he has given money to families of suicide murderers in Israel.

Read the rest of Taranto's commentary in today's Best of the Web Today.