Thursday, March 03, 2005

 

I call it fope

Please do yourself a favor and check out the Daily Show with John Stewart today. There are two segments you must watch. One is an interview with former ambassador to the U.N. during the Clinton administration Nancy Soderberg talking about her new book The Superpower Myth: The use and misuse of American Might. Stewart brings up the events in Egypt and Lebanon in a revealing interview that has the former ambassador admitting it is difficult for Democrats to see these events as positive but difficult to root against them as Americans. Listen to Stewart sarcastically say that we always have Iran and North Korea and hear the whoop from the audience. I found the end of the interview particularly funny because Stewart does such a good job demolishing the premise of this book and then gives a scripted endorsement. It is utterly without irony and I would love to know what was going through his mind when he did it. This is as close as we might come to seeing liberals/leftists changing their minds in front of us as the world proves them wrong. Please someone, get this taped so we can keep this as a record. Stewart will either go back into sarcastic lefty mood (most likely) or this might actually be an epiphany.

The second segment is called Next? and features a fake (word of the month thanks to the Jeff/James Gannon/Guckert) news report from Lebanon and there is more from Stewart about his disbelief that a democratic revolution might have germinated in Iraq. This is not as spontaneous as the Soderberg interview but it is telling because it shows a Stewart in an aborted mea culpa.

This year seems so much like 1989 to me. The only difference is that John O and I are not sitting in his basement calling the Latvian (or was it Lithuanian) representative at three in the morning to express our displeasure that Soviet tanks were heading there to quell demonstrations.


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