Tuesday, May 09, 2006

When even Iran makes sense...

If the polls hadn't reflected it, you'd know President Bush is in deep trouble when the disgustingly anti-Semitic and possibly psychopathic President of Iran actually makes some sense. In its more focused parts, Ahmadinejad's letter presents a blistering attack on Bush and his policies, framed, of all things, by essentially asking our self-professed Christian leader "What would Jesus do?" Thus, spending hundreds of billions on preemptive war based on lies that costs tens of thousands of innocent lives, setting up secret prisons, holding people without legal representation in Guantanamo, it isn't just wrong – its anti-Christian. And Amadinejad also notes, it is also anti-American.

More than that, Amadinejad asks "what has the hundreds of billions of dollars, spent every year to pay for the Iraqi campaign, produced for the [American] citizens?" It's a good question Expand...one wishes the media would ask President Bush. But lest you think Amadinejad has no idea for how we could have spent that money better, he suggests "investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion of health, combating different diseases, education and improvement of mental and physical fitness, assistance to the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment opportunities and production, development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of peace, mediation between disputing states and distinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic and other conflicts." He even notes American poverty, homelessness, and unemployment.

Of course, it is not good for the Democratic Party either when the Holocaust-denying President of Iran articulates the ideal Democratic Party platform with more succinct clarity that any of its elected officials have in recent memory.

Amadinejad is wrong that Liberalism and Western style democracy have failed. After all, if it weren't for Liberalism and Western style democracy, Amadinejad wouldn't be able to wonder how America and the West could better spend its riches. And his detour on Israel is a rehash of tired canards. But he is right that Bush does not have his priorities in the right place, and that years of lying, conceit, killing, and corruption hardly endear us to the rest of the world.

That Amadinejad makes some sense is deeply troubling. When our psychopathic foreign enemies can correctly eviscerate the arguments the President advances in support of his Administration, it is long past time for even his staunchest supporters to abandon ship. What's worse, that Amadinejad can make sense will only bolster his credibility in the Mulsim world when it comes to his insane ideas.

If Bush were man enough, he'd write back. Certainly Iran presents more than sufficient grounds for a retort, and any college history student can craft an appropriate response. But signs are that Bush will simply ignore the letter, as he does all of his critics, and Iran will continue to do pretty much whatever it wants.

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