Slarrow

"Slarrow" refers to the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" from Hamlet's soliloquy. Here are the chronicles of such darts and whatever attempt there may be to take arms against such a sea of troubles.

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Friday, October 29, 2004

The Strategic Vision of W

I've always been amused by those folks who think Bush is dumb because he mangles his language sometimes. I've always thought his stammering comes from being overcareful from watching what he has to say because I think his instinct is to be far more blunt and earthy. But others don't see it that way and think he must be a dunce.

But Charles Krauthammer has an excellent column today talking about Bush's strategic victories in Afghanistan. Stupid people don't transform regions this way. A couple of excerpts:
"Bush put in place a military campaign that did in two months what everyone had said was impossible: defeating an entrenched, fanatical, ruthless regime in a territory that had forced the great British and Soviet empires into ignominious retreat. Bush followed that by creating in less than three years a fledgling pro-American democracy in a land with no history of democratic culture and just emerging from 25 years of civil war.

This is all barely remembered and barely noted."
and:
"This election comes down to a choice between one man's evolution and the other man's resolution. With his endlessly repeated Tora Bora charges, Kerry has made Afghanistan a major campaign issue. So be it. Who do you want as president? The man who conceived the Afghan campaign, carried it through without flinching when it was being called a ``quagmire'' during its second week, and has seen it through to Afghanistan's transition to democracy? Or the retroactive genius, who always knows what needs to be done after it has already happened -- who would have done ``everything'' differently in Iraq, yet in Afghanistan would have replicated Bush's every correct, courageous, radical and risky decision -- except one. Which, of course, he would have done differently. He says. Now."
I've always said this is a pretty clear choice. Given the contrast, who do you want to direct a global conflict?

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