Thursday, October 18, 2007

All This and World War Too

Some guys will do anything to prove they can still matter.

A defensive President Bush insisted that he was still relevant this morning in a news conference dominated by his bitter complaints about the Democratic Congress.

Asked how he found himself vetoing a children’s health insurance bill that had passed Congress with bipartisan support, Bush insisted that using a veto is “one way to ensure I am relevant.”

So to prove that he’s still got game, he throws a temper tantrum — “look at me! look at me!” — by vetoing a bill that provided health insurance to children whose families can’t afford it on their own.

And he’s also rattling his sabre about war with Iran, raising the stakes by saying that he doesn’t want Tehran to even have knowledge about how to build a nuclear weapon.

So I told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.

At the risk of tipping the president off, anyone with a computer and access to the internet — or a high school physics class — can get the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. Never mind that North Korea got to the point where they not only had the knowledge about how to build a nuke, they even launched a couple of mid-range missiles. The Bush administration couldn’t get to the bargaining table fast enough with Pyongyang, and now North Korea has dismantled their program. But the Iranians are a different matter because they’re really the target of the necon’s wet dreams.

Ah, for the good old days when the president could prove his manhood by putting on a flight suit and strutting around on an aircraft carrier.