Friday, October 9, 2009

Steyn and me

This from an interview of Mark Steyn yesterday performed by Hugh Hewitt.

Hugh Hewitt: The second paragraph reads, and this is very scary, Mr. Obama appears to have been swayed in recent days by arguments from some advisers, led by Vice President Joe Biden, that the Taliban do not pose a direct threat to the U.S., and that there should be a greater focus on tackling al Qaeda inside of Pakistan.

Mark Steyn....Well you know, in Afghanistan, it was illegal, it was under the Taliban, illegal by law, by law, for a woman to feel sunlight on her face, illegal by law. And leftist feminists, the left wing feminist organizations in the Western world had absolutely nothing to say about that. And George W. Bush liberated those Afghan women. He got them out of their burkas. He allowed them to feel sunlight on their face. A year after the Afghan invasion, there were a higher proportion of women elected to the Afghan parliament than to the Canadian parliament. And the idea that you can simply allow this disgusting party of the Taliban effectively to return large parts of Afghanistan to a prison state, is, speaks very poorly for us. But in a sense, you know, in hard national interest terms, if you want to get out, the thing to do would be to figure out a way to get out without making it look like a defeat. The minute you re-burkaize parts of Afghanistan, what you’re telling the world is that you have been defeated, that the patrons of Osama bin Laden are now back in charge. You couldn’t stick it. You couldn’t stick it. You’re as, as the historian Niall Ferguson says, this is the superpower with ADHD. It hasn’t got the staying power, can’t concentrate long enough.

HTNL thoughts: I think this shows an increasing trend of comparing President Bush's success in Iraq, and B.O.'s looming disaster in Afghanistan. After the residue of resentment surrounding President Bush subsides, everyone outside of our communist universities and the media will realize Iraq as a resounding success. (And the liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan as an achievement truly worthy of peace prize).


quote of the day: Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

-Winston Churchill

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