Thursday, January 13, 2005

Cohen Sees the Light...

Instead of being blinded by it. One of my least favorite liberals cracks a home run--or at least a solid double--with this piece, putting the CBS firings in perspective:

It took no less a sage than President Bush to put the firing of four high-level CBS News employees in perspective: "CBS said they would act. They did. And I hope their actions are such that this doesn't happen again." This from the man who fired not a single person in his entire administration for getting nearly everything wrong about Iraq and taking the nation to war for reasons that did not exist or were downright specious. Lucky for Bush he's only the president of the United States and not the head of CBS...

Bush's observation to the Wall Street Journal is the deepest wisdom of a man who has always been protected from his own mistakes and failures, whether it's the oil business gone bust or a wayward youth rescued by equal measures of religion and family connections. His is the privileged view of privilege itself -- that others should do what he would not. For all his pretense of aw-shucks ordinariness, Bush's inner Yale sometimes oozes out. Some people should pay for their mistakes. Some people never have to.

"...Bush's inner Yale sometimes oozes out." That's one of Cohen's best observations ever.

The Poor Man has some additional perspective on this. And, as most of y'all know, it's not like Bush's service "record" has been vindicated. Most evidence STILL indicates that the future commander in chief couldn't be bothered to, you know, actually serve (well, besides an extra can of beer to himself).

Now the person who walked out on a stateside billet at a time when those lacking an inner Yale to ooze out were getting shipped over to Vietnam is demanding multiple tours of combat duty from the troops. Unbelievable...

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