Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Left's New Meme: Democracy in the Mideast? Just a coincidence!

Click here for AmazonHugh Hewitt, once again, lays down a startling riff that should be required reading by everyone who votes. Including the felons and dead guys who apparently cast gubernatorial ballots recently in Washington state.

What gets Hugh started? The Left's new meme, starting with Ed Kilgore at TalkingPointsMemo, that the democracy movement in the Middle East has, well, absolutely nothing to do with President Bush! It's all a coincidence! Here's Kilgore:

...[it] never crossed my mind that Bush's fans would credit him with for this positive event, as though his pro-democracy speeches exercise some sort of rhetorical enchantment... Barring any specific evidence (provided, say, by Lebanese pro-democracy leaders) that Bush had anything in particular to do with Syria's setbacks in Lebanon, I see no particular reason to high-five him for being in office when they happened.

Hugh's retort eviscerates Kilgore, who has sufficient chutzpah to attempt to discredit Reagan's remarkable handling of the Cold War...

Here's Lech Walesa on Reagan:

"When talking about Ronald Reagan, I have to be personal. We in Poland took him so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can't be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century, until communism fell in 1989."

As with the Poles, so with the Lebanese --they are putting their lives on the line to face down their oppressors. But American policy stands with them and encourages them, and pressures the dictators not to strike back, and threatens the tyrants if they do. The refusal to recognize that American policy does indeed have consequences is yet another exhibit in the huge array of arguments as to why Democrats cannot be trusted to run the nation's foreign policy --- they don't think it matters. Kilgore's dissmissiveness of presidential rhetoric --"as though his pro-democracy speeches exercise some sort of rhetorical enchantment"-- isn't just a misguided slam at W, it is an admission of awesome ignorance of the power of the American president to shape a world through words, a failure of imagination and an admission of an inexperience with foreign affairs that makes you question his commentary on literally everything...

If you don't understand the power of the presidency, then you and your candidates ought not to be trusted with it, for it will end up a replay of the Carter experiment with presidential "small ball," where resignation to events is the dominant theme, and America's enemies to set the tempo and most of the rules.

Democrats have spent more than 15 years trying to deny Reagan his role in bringing down the Soviets. I suppose they will be trying to minimize Bush's role in introducing democracy to the Arab world for an even longer period of time. Both efforts ask the public to set aside the facts they have witnessed and watch the Michael Moore movie over here, with post viewing commentary provided by Howard Dean. It didn't work with Reagan and it won't work with Bush...

Hugh Hewitt: Reconnecting the Dots

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