Thursday, November 18, 2004

Chris Matthews, round II

Chris just keeps dropping these gems right on the doorstep (that's two in one week. He's going to get a cramp if he keeps this pace). How can you not just shake your head and pity him and his ilk (via Say Anything).

SCHEUER: He's after a change in policies which he views as lethal to Muslims --

MATTHEWS (Interrupts): Does he think, for example, let me try this -- and I don't want to sound like an apologist -- but suppose we had truly an evenhanded policy in the Middle East. Suppose there was a Palestinian entity of some kind, and it had reasonable borders, and it was contiguous enough to be a working state, and we didn't back dictators like the Saudi Royal Family and people like that who are simply selling the oil to keep their fingers filled with rings and girlfriends in London, all right? Suppose we were a good country and an evenhanded country, all right? Would that make it any less hostile to us?

SCHEUER: We are a good country, sir.

I don't know... the "suppose we were a good country" line kind of makes me wonder exactly what planet the man is from. Free Iraqis, free Afghanis, and dead terrorists seems like a win, win, win situation to me. I'm glad Scheuer caught the line and responded, many would have missed it in the heat of debate and let it pass right on by.

UPDATE: See Secure Liberty's take on this as well:

Liberalism has become a self-mocking contradiction, a farce. Chris Matthews says that brutal murderers who would virtualy enslave millions of Iraqis and oppress women among other things just have a disagreement with us? How is that progressive? How is that liberal? Does the avoidance of war trump everything? Does it trump basic human decency?

Apparently, Republican's compassionate conservativism has taken over for the pacifist, socialist Democrats while they're on leave for severe mental health issues.