Give George a Break


I alternately pray and then stare at the television’s repeating images of airplanes turning into fireballs and buildings collapsing. All commercial flights are grounded. The economy is in shambles – the stock market closed indefinitely. And nobody knows when and where more murder will plunge out of the quiet blue sky.

Suppose I had been given a clue back on that day. And inkling of what the future would hold. Perhaps a snippet from a cable news program…

I turn on the TV, Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor – miraculously dated January 25, 2008, six years in the future. "How did we get it so wrong?" Laura Ingraham is asking a tragic-looking Peggy Noonan as they discuss the failings of our commander in chief.

President Bush failed? That must mean that six years after the terrorist attacks…

  • Osama Bin Laden struts with impunity throughout stone-age, Taliban-controlled Afghanistan instead of cowering in a cave.
  • Saddam Hussein and his evil sons continue to rape, torture and murder; harbor terrorists; reward terrorists; threaten Israel; attack our pilots; refuse to account for chemical weapons; kick out inspectors; bribe UN officials; and tell the UN to shove every resolution that comes down the pike.
  • The economy is in shambles, having never recovered from Al Qaeda’s crippling blow to our financial nerve center.
  • We didn’t draw sneaky Al Qaeda out of the shadows into a bitter, hot war that we are on the verge of winning.
  • There are not transparent, democratic governments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perhaps our allies in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, and Pakistan have been swallowed up by radical Islam as well.
  • Like Israel, America is terrorized by repeated suicide attacks.

But this is 2008, and I know what really happened in the past six years. That’s why I found Ingraham and Noonan’s gossipy little chit-chat utterly ridiculous.

While Noonan rambled about a failure of "serious philosophy," Ingraham was more specific, and I discerned a few complaints: Dubai ports. Immigration. Harriet Miers’ nomination to the supreme court. Government spending and size of government.

Well, well, well. The puppet thinks he’s a real boy. Obviously it really ticks them off that Bush doesn’t pick up the phone and clear it with them before he makes a move.

I can think of half a dozen sins that my beloved Ronald Reagan committed that could equal and surpass those supposed grievances. Right-wingers whined constantly about Reagan’s spending, size of government, some even announcing that he wasn’t a true conservative – though they’d never admit it now.

If I had known of our successes since September 11, 2001, I would have jumped for joy that day. Because I was scared. But if I had looked in a crystal ball and only seen Peggy Noonan’s declaration, I would have been terrified. Because I never would have imagined that she could be so unjust when our leader has accomplished so much – even as the struggle continues.

Because I knew that we were in for a fight and our very freedom was at stake even before President Bush said as much to the anxious and fearful nation on September 21, 2001, warning of the long, costly, and difficult struggle ahead.

"Great harm has been done to us.  We have suffered great loss.  And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.  Freedom and fear are at war.  The advance of human freedom — the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time — now depends on us.  Our nation — this generation — will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future.  We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage.  We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail." 

Unfortunately our president, the unyielding terror warrior, appears more like Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom, doggedly running a booby-trapped obstacle course, than George MacArthur. But instead of the comic saboteurs that repeatedly tripped and tackled Keaton’s character, we have the not-so-funny New York Times informing the world of our secret terror surveillance methods (rendering them useless), the entire democratic party going into hysterical spasms every time Bush forgets to dot an i, and most of Hollywood roaming the world pronouncing that our president is Jeffrey Dahmer and Satan incarnate rolled into one.

Not to worry, though. Unlike Democrats who will tolerate the nastiest behavior and defend the biggest blunders from their fellow partisans (as long as they support abortion), when things get tough, Republicans can always rely on their friends to desert them.

Like Peggy Noonan who is more than happy to dump marbles on the track as President Bush barrels toward the finish line. After all, even the New York Times could use a pinch-hitter every now and then.

I am so tired of whiney-baby Republicans, pounding their little fists in fury when they realize that President Bush has the gall to not be clairvoyant, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

How tiresome. Turns out that the war on terror is a long difficult struggle, just like the president said it would be.

Thank God these people weren’t around during World War II. A cursory glance at history will clue you in: Those leaders weren’t clairvoyant, omniscient, and omnipotent then either. Lucky for us, both political parties were run by adults who cut them a break.

Thank God that we have a leader who doesn’t tire, doesn’t falter, and doesn’t fail. And thank God that every time he is tripped or knocked down by his fellow Americans, he quietly picks himself up, dusts himself off, and resolutely heads once more toward that finish line.


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