Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Bush Is A Wuss

According to Mark Steyn in the Chicago Sun-Times:

The administration, in trying to see its way through both the phony crossfire and the real one, has been rattled by the fake war. Someone in the White House needs seriously to stiffen the Bush rhetoric. When the president talks about “staying the course” and “bringing to justice” the killers, he sounds like Bill Clinton, who pledged to stay the course in Somalia and bring to justice the terrorists, and did neither. Bush has to go back to speaking Rumsfeldian, not Powellite: He has to talk about winning total victory, hunting down the enemy and killing them.

He also needs to promise himself that he’ll never again apologize to some Arab despot — even relatively benign ones, like the king of Jordan — for events in Iraq. If he feels the need to apologize, he should apologize to the American people for apologizing to the Arab world. This isn’t just because what went on in Abu Ghraib is a picnic — well, a Paris Hilton video picnic — compared to what goes on every day in the prisons of our Arab “allies.” More important than that, the Bush apology buys into one of the most fetid props of the region’s so-called stability — “pan-Arabism.” If U.S. troops “humiliated” some Portuguese prisoners, the president wouldn’t apologize to the king of Norway or the prime minister of Slovenia. So why, when U.S. troops humiliate Iraqi prisoners, would he apologize to Jordan’s King Abdullah or Egypt’s thug-for-life? “Pan-Arabism” is one reason why the region’s a sewer. If Iraq succeeds, it will be by breaking with regional solidarity.

In other words, according to Steyn, real men don’t apologize. They just scratch themselves and grunt, I suppose. But this guy has nothing on Michael Savage, according to Salon.com‘s Right Hook:

On May 11, while repeatedly calling Abu Ghraib “Grab-an-Arab” prison, he launched into this little tirade:

“I think there should be no mercy shown to these sub-humans. I believe that a thousand of them should be killed tomorrow. I think a thousand of them held in the Iraqi prison should be given 24 hour[s] — a trial and executed. I think they need to be shown that we are not going to roll over to them … Instead of putting joysticks, I would have liked to have seen dynamite put in their orifices and they should be dropped from airplanes … They should put dynamite in their behinds and drop them from 35,000 feet, the whole pack of scum out of that jail.”

The next day Savage added that Arabs were “racist, fascist bigots,” and purported to speak for a majority of Americans regarding the war. He offered several all-American solutions to our problems in the Middle East.

“Right now, even people sitting on the fence would like George Bush to drop a nuclear weapon on an Arab country. They don’t even care which one it would be. I can guarantee you — I don’t need to go to Mr. Schmuck [pollster John] Zogby and ask him his opinion … The most — I tell you right now — the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don’t even care which one…

“I think these people need to be forcibly converted to Christianity … It’s the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings.”

What a classy guy. Why he didn’t get that job in the Protocol office at the State Department is a mystery to me.