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Friday, January 23, 2004

Poodles and other first-class bitches

Japanese soldier welcomed by Iraqi boy -- 22 Jan 04 (Reuters pix)Australian blogger Tim Blair is a favorite of mine, and this post — savaging Maureen Dowd's latest insult to America's "Coalition of the Willing" allies in Iraq, among whom Australia is nobly prominent — is particularly good. 

As of my linking it, Blair's post is up to 137 comments, quite a few of which also are pretty good.  Who knew that so many in Oz still remember the Battle of the Coral Sea?

I've blogged recently about just how slimey MoDo is, and also about how much it bugs me when the President's opponents dis our allies.  But Maureen Dowd's post-State of the Union column yesterday is a new alignment guaranteed to annoy the hell out of me and most of the rest of the civilized world (with the conspicuous and near-sole exceptions of France and Germany):

You wonder how many votes he [Bush] scared off with that testosterone festival: the taunting message, the self-righteous geographic litany of support? The Philippines. Thailand. Italy. Spain. Poland. Denmark. Bulgaria. Ukraine. Romania. The Netherlands. Norway. El Salvador.

Can you believe President Bush is still pushing the cockamamie claim that we went to war in Iraq with a real coalition rather than a gaggle of poodles and lackeys?

A gaggle of poodles and lackeys?  I know this crap was published on an "opinion" page.  But just how far would someone have to go to deliberately insult dozens of our country's allies before the New York Times finally whistled a foul?

The saving grace, as is made absolutely clear by Blair's post and most of his commenters, is that the citizens of our allies like Australia are themselves sufficiently enlightened — sufficiently acquainted with the occasional embarrassing episodes that attend an absolutely unfettered free press — that they can put the rantings of an idiot like Dowd into the appropriate context.  They have their own barking moonbats.  And they understand what it means to say, "Maureen, I'll defend to my death your right to say what you just said.  But sheesh, Maureen, could you possibly be a bigger fool and a bigger tool?"

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