The World Must Stand Behind Us [Sep 22, 2003]
For those of you who missed Fox News' hard-hitting interview with President Bush last night, let me save you the trouble of trying to obtain a videotaped copy from the network.
President Bush is too busy to talk to his dad more than once every two weeks. He's also too busy to read newspapers or watch TV, and gets all his information from trusted advisors. The White House has a putting green that he likes. The French need to understand that "our goals and ambitions are noble. We believe in peace. We strongly believe in freedom. Where we see suffering we will help."
He also discussed the "flypaper" theory, the one that claims all the world's terrorists are pouring into Iraq in a protracted endgame of the War On Terror. To quote the President, "I'm a man of peace. And obviously I would hope that we wouldn't have combat. I also live in a real world of being the president during a war on terror. So I guess I would rather fight them there than here. I know I would rather fight them there than here, and I know would rather fight them there than in other remote parts of the world, where it may be more difficult to find them."
For instance, he said, it might be hard to find terrorists in Yemen.
The President showed Brit Hume a Western-themed painting in the White House, called "A Charge To Keep," and quoted a Christian hymn from which the painting takes its name. Quoth Bush, "This painting to me says that it's very important for all of us in life to serve something greater than ourselves. As a man of faith, that is the Almighty's will. As a president, my job is not to promote a religion, my job is to call people to serve our country. The painting says two things to me: One, it speaks to my personal faith, but also speaks to the job of the president, which is to capture the spirit of America and call people to service."
He later questioned the motivation of our enemies in this war on terror, and said, "What is necessary to defeat that sentiment that causes people to be suiciders and just kill innocent people for the sake of religion or a fake religion?"
Today, the President goes before the United Nations and tries to persuade certain skeptical countries, such as France and Germany, to devote billions of dollars and thousands of troops to a war we started and they didn't want. In the interview last night, he said he understood why they'd opposed us. Germany, apparently, is still smarting from the memories of World War II, while the French are simply a bunch of smiling weasels who hate freedom.
I trust that Bush will say as much tomorrow in his speech, which will certainly be one of the most important speeches of all time. If the French and Germans and Russians continue to oppose us, then they are not only in favor of terrorism and against freedom, but they also support nuclear proliferation in countries other than the United States and favor the spread of AIDS and child sex slavery. They must understand that their antiquated Cold-War mentality simply doesn't cut it anymore. The days when the Germans could own child slaves are over.
Only the moral leadership of President Bush, a man who admits "I am a lowly sinner, and I ask for strength and wisdom and I pray for calmness when the seas are storming, and I pray for others," can save the world from itself. He's obviously been sent from a higher place to prevent terrorists from killing us and all freedom-loving people. The world had best pony up or else.
I also hope that tomorrow the President mentions my novel, Never Mind The Pollacks, which will be available in stores one week from today. According to Amazon.com, it's currently the 75,388th most popular book in America, and therefore the world. If the President were really hip, he'd mention the accompanying rock album. But he goes to bed early. Bringing nations together to serve a series of preset, non-negotiable common goals must be a lot of work.