Friday, January 21, 2005

The inauguration speech

Almost all of the commentary on Bush's speech has been mindlessly predictable. The Left didn't like it. The Right liked it. Surprise, surprise. We are at present lost in a sea of senseless, unthinking political tribalism.

Johann Hari is someone I often agree with and who cannot be written off as mindlessly pro- or anti-Bush. For that reason his take on the speech - Bush's talk of spreading freedom is a sugar-coated lie - has a credibility the usual (hysterical) criticism lacks.

I'm not 100% with him on this one, but it is food for thought.


Blogger sagenz said...

I also like Hari. But that piece is jumping the shark.
US is buying peace from Egypt. They learned a lesson in venezuela and backed off publicly and completely when they finally twigged they were subverting democracy. House of Saud rules the country at the heart of islam. There is a rule of law there. public excution and floggings may not fit our morality but there is a rule of law. We can go through all the instances of abuse and blame GW for all the worlds ills. But recall that Winston Churchill was also imperfect and he saved Europe. After Gallipoli would you have given him a second chance.
It is the direction that is important as well as the methods

24 January 2005 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Sock Thief said...

I'm not keen on the inconsistency argument because most of those that push this line don't want the US to act consistently against all tyrannies; they want the US to do nothing because the US is the cause of all evil.

But I'm for the US acting consistently.

26 January 2005 at 8:55 AM  

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