Mike Carlton keeps delivering solid observations wrapped in his own particular punchy style. On ya Mike.
A puerile tactic of the ratbag right in this country [Australia] is to denounce any critic of President George Bush as anti-American. Oblivious to the echoes of McCarthyism, the ratbags see this as a besetting sin.
I wonder, then, what they will make of Wesley Clark, the retired four-star US Army general who came out this week to run for the Democratic nomination in next year's White House election.
Hard to pin him as anti-American. He topped his West Point class in 1966 and was decorated in Vietnam. He ended his military career as NATO's supreme commander in the campaign to save Kosovo's Albanians from the horrors of ethnic cleansing. For good measure, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, with a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics.
And he has been a trenchant critic of Bush's ill-planned invasion and occupation of Iraq, with its hubristic, neo-conservative assumptions that America can order the world to its whim.
"Once again, at home, Americans are concerned about their civil liberties," Clark said as he announced his candidacy. "For the first time since the Cold War, many Americans no longer feel safe in their homes and workplaces."
No such truths, though, will satisfy the ratbag right. Hans Blix, the former chief UN weapons inspector, told the BBC this week that the US and Britain had discredited themselves with "the exaggeration, the spin, and the hyping" of the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction.
"In the Middle Ages, when people were convinced there were witches - when they looked for them, they certainly found them," he said.[Source: Mike Carlton, Sydney Morning Herald]
Yes another criticism of the Bush administration, not a criticism of the US and it's people. There is a significant difference which is lost on the most rabid who see the world in black and white terms. "You're either with us or against us." It's never that simple.