Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Some random thoughts...

* When Nancy Pelosi visited the Middle East, she was criticized, and rightly so, for dressing as if she was a subservient Muslim woman and not a free and independent American woman. Americans don't 'act Roman when in Rome'; we are Americans, proud of it and we have no interest in blending in when we're off travelling the globe.

Now contrast the criticism Pelosi received with the total lack of commentary about the Americans who acted like they were subjects of the Queen of England during her recently concluded trip. Americans don't fuss over how to act, over what to wear, and especially so here in America. Yet pretty much everyone who crossed paths with the Queen was fretting about what to wear, what to say, how to act, whether to curtsie and so on.

* That a video store clerk provided crucial help in uncovering the terrorst plot to attack Fort Dix makes a mockery of those who mocked the government's beseeching regular folks to pay attention to what was happening around them.

* Of course the surge is going to last into 2008. Even the most hardcore kool aid drinkers would have been hard pressed to dream that the surge would produce results this year. And of course, if you're convinced that the surge will not work (for reasons I have elaborated probably too many times), then it comes as no surprise that Bush, lacking the brains or confidence to come up with any other approach, will continue to stick with the current plan throughout the remainder of his term in office.