Monday, March 07, 2005

 

The Tipping Point

I'm really starting to think that January 30, 2005 will be remembered as a watershed moment in history. The day 8 million Iraqis elected their own interim government seems to have set off a firestorm of huge geopolitical consequences in the Middle East. This could be the defining moment when the groundswell of desire for freedom erupted and spread throughout the region.

But don’t take my word for it…

Here is the transcript of an exchange between Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Katie Couric this morning on the Today Show. Or was that Karl Rove disguised as Bill Richardson? Actually, Richardson’s a fair-minded guy, but it is still fairly daunting to read his praise of Bush’s foreign policy. Here’s a portion of what he said:

I believe the Bush Administration deserves credit for putting pressure, and saying that authoritarian regimes have to go. …younger Arabs that are fueling this discontent throughout the Arab world, becoming pro-US, which is a good sign for the future.

Even Katie Couric gets in on the action:

A lot of foreign policy experts are hailing the Bush Administration's policies, and saying the Bush Doctrine, of spreading democracy throughout the world, there's clear evidence that it's working.

Not exactly the biggest fan of the administration’s foreign policy, Jon Stewart also made some intriguing observations on the Daily Show. There’s a partial transcript of his conversation last week with ex-Clinton aide Nancy Soderberg over at Wall Street Journal Online.

Stewart: Do you think that the people of Lebanon would have had, sort of, the courage of their conviction, having not seen--not only the invasion but the election which followed? It's almost as though that the Iraqi election has emboldened this crazy--something's going on over there. I'm smelling something…. I gotta say, I haven't seen results like this ever in that region.

Soderberg (reluctantly agreeing): Well, I think, you know, as a Democrat, you don't want anything nice to happen to the Republicans, and you don't want them to have progress. But as an American, you hope good things would happen. …I think it's moving in the right direction. I'll have to give them credit for that. We'll see.

There's a whole lot more of this sort of thing coming from even more unlikely sources including the New York Times editorial page. The point is that honest people all over the political spectrum are coming to a realization of the huge events unraveling before our eyes. The consequences of which could have a dramatically positive impact for all of us - or at least we can hope so.

Of course, this is not to say that everyone is now “getting it”. For more of the same, head-in-the-sand extreme left-wing nutjob commentary, check out democratic underground or daily kos. The moonbats over there do not disappoint.

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